Election Specials: the state of nations

A regular series on countries where executive presidential or key parliamentary elections are occurring.  And change is imminent.

Gambia: On November 24 Gambians vote in presidential elections. The vote is a foregone conclusion, but could this become the world's newest monarchy? October 10, 2011. 

Guatemala:  Guatemalans vote on September 11 for a new president and parliament.  Will hardliners or leftists triumph?  August 28, 2011. 

Ireland: The Irish presidential race hots up as Martin McGuinness announces he'll stand. Could Sinn Féin win on 27 October? September 17, 2011. 

Latvia:  On September 17 Latvians elect a new parliament.  Will ex-president Valdis Zatlers' centre-right Reform Party achieve a majority?  August 29, 2011.   

Liberia: As presidential and parliamentary elections are held on October 11, can Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her UP hang on? September 15, 2011. 

Malagasy Republic (Madagascar):  Delayed since May, can scheduled elections now proceed in September, or will Andry Rajoelina put them off again?  August 30, 2011.  

Spain: Result of parliamentary election on November 20 hangs on who voters believe can cut the deficit and create jobs. October 12, 2011.

Zambia:  Zambians get a chance to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on September 20.  Can Rupiah Banda and his MMD party cling on?  August 29, 2011.

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