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Against the backdrop of a worsening economic crisis, Venezuelans went to the polls on December 6 to elect a new National Assembly. The government of President Nicolas Maduro experienced an unprecedented defeat as Venezuelans turned out in large numbers and voted decisively to put the country’s National Assembly under the control of the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Table (Mesa de Unidad Democrática, MUD) for the first time in seventeen years.
Please join CSIS, NDI, and USAID for a conversation with Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, Executive Director of the People's Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE), Burma’s largest election observation network.
On December 1, the Congress of the Republic of Peru awarded NDI with an honorary diploma in recognition of NDI’s contribution to the strengthening of democracy in Peru. Luis Iberico Núñez, the head of Parliament, presided over the ceremony, which took place in the Peruvian house of congress. NDI Resident Director Victor Rojas received the award on behalf of NDI. NDI Chair Madeleine Albright provided the following statement:
On December 9, over 300 people attended, in person or via livestream, the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) unveiling of DemTools 2.0, a new online, open-source toolbox that will help citizens report problems in their communities, help civic groups manage data, and better prepare governments to better understand and respond to citizens' concerns.
November 29, 2015 marked a historic day in Burkina Faso, as the freest, fairest and most competitive elections took place since the country’s independence from France in 1960. Burkinabe have awaited this day since massive demonstrations in October 2014 drove out former president Blaise Compaoré, who first came to power in a coup d’état in 1987. From November 2014, a transitional government led the country in preparation for joint presidential and legislative elections scheduled for October 11, 2015.