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Just because a party wins all seats in Parliament, it doesn't mean dictatorship. In New Brunswick, the Liberals held all seats in the house in 1987-91 period. There is always the chance of that happening in a first-past-the-post system. Even in Finland, the Swedish People's Party (SFP) has often won all council seats in Swedish-majority villages.


Not quite as bad as NB, but take a look at SoCred domination followed by the Tory dynasty in Alberta. During the 40s, the SoCreds didn't even have party opposition, anyone running against them ran as an independent.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbadian_general_election,_2013

Barbados held general elections yesterday, and we appear to have the preliminary results in.

The governing Democratic Labour Party won 16 seats, down 4 from the 2008 election.

The opposition Barbados Labour Party, which supports a Barbadian republic, won 14 seats  up 4 from the 2008 election.

This result means that Freundel Stuart will stay on (barely) as PM of Barbados, at least until the next election.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastleigh_by-election,_2013

Lib Dem Chris Huhne's seat of Eastleigh held a by-election on February 28th, and I believe the results are in. 

The Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton won the seat with 32.06% of the vote.
UKIP candidate Diane James came in second with 27.8% of the vote.
Conservative Maria Hutchings came in third with about a quarter of the vote.
Labour's John O'Farrell came in fourth with just under a tenth of the vote.
Independent Danny Stupple came in fifth with 768 votes.
Iain Maclennan of National Health Action got sixth place with just under 1% of the vote.
Ray Hall of the Beer, Baccy, and Crumpet Party won 235 votes for seventh place.
Kevin Milburn of the Christian Party won 163 votes for 8th place.
Howling Laud Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party got 136 votes and came in ninth.
Jim Duggan of the Peace Party came in tenth with 8 fewer votes than Howling Laud Hope.
David Bishop of the Elvis Loves Pets Party won 72 votes and eleventh place.
Michael Walters of the English Democrats got 70 votes and twelfth place.
Daz Procter of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition received 62 votes and came in 13th.
Colin Bex of the Wessex Regionalist Party received 30 votes and came in dead last.

Result is Lib Dem hold. And despite losing, UKIP probably threw a wild party for beating everyone but the Lib Dems.
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The UKIP will be a credible force in 2015. And about time too.
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I certainly didn't expect that, especially after the recent high-profile defection of one of their Euro MPs to the Conservatives. However, I don't expect UKIP to ever be more than a damaging nuisance reducing the Conservative vote, and certainly don't think they merit any higher status. Although I find the LIbDems equally risible, as a Coalition supporter I am happy that they won on this occasion.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Napthine

The above man is the new Premier of the Australian state of Victoria after Ted Baillieu resigned yesterday. Coming right after the resignation of state MP Geoff Shaw reduced the incumbent Coalition government to a minority, I think the next Victorian election might indeed come this year, instead of its currently scheduled date of November 2014. Labor's Denis Andrews is the favorite to win an election according to the latest polls. Mr. Napthine replaced Mr. Baillieu as Premier on his 61st birthday, isn't that just peachy?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid_Ulster_by-election,_2013

Sinn Fein has retained the parliamentary seat of Mid Ulster after the resignation of Martin McGuiness. Francie Molloy is the new MP for the seat, which he presumably will not take up and thus be a worthless MP. Oh well, at least the Independent Unionist candidate came in second.
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(A) worthless MP.


Well, like it or not, that's the way democracy works. The Nationalists who vote Sinn Fein think they're making a statement by voting in an abstentionist MP, so to them, he won't be worthless.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Australian_state_election,_2013

Western Australia held state elections on the 9th, and I believe the results are in.

The Liberals won 33 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, the lower house of the legislature of Western Australia.
Labor won 19 seats, and will stay in opposition.
The Nationals won 7 seats.

The Liberals won a majority in their own right, and thus Colin Barnett will stay on as Premier. The next election in Western Australia is due in 2017.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_referendum,_2013

The Falkland Islands held a sovereignty referendum to decide on how they wished to be ruled, and the results are in after voting on the 10th and 11th of March.

On a turnout of 90.7%, all but 4 people voted YES to a continuation of the status quo, including the islands' small Argentine community. 3 people voted NO, and 1 person cast an invalid ballot. 155 people didn't show up to vote. PM David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the will of the Falkland Islanders and accept the clear results of the referendum. Argentina better do so promptly, or I'm calling in that one guy.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenlandic_parliamentary_election,_2013

Greenland held parliamentary elections yesterday, and the results are in! It's a hung parliament!!

The opposition Forward got 14 seats, up five from the last election in 2009.
The incumbent Community of the People won 11 seats, down 3 from 2009.
Solidarity got 2 seats, down 1 from 2009.
The Inuit Party got 2 seats, up from not existing in 2009.
The Democrats got 2 seats, down 2 from 2009.
The Association of Candidates won no seats, down 1 from 2009.
9 people voted for somebody else other than these six parties.

Turnout was 74.2%, down 0.7% from 2009's election.

As nobody won a majority of the 31 seats in Greenland's Parliament, negotiations on forming a government will be needed.

I predict that Forward will form a coalition with Solidarity and the Democrats, possibly with support from the Inuit Party, in a relatively like-minded coalition on the mining issue, the big issue in this election.

If this happens, 47-year-old Aleqa Hammond will become the first ever female PM of Greenland. She leads Forward. Her article on Wikipedia is down below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleqa_Hammond
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_referendum,_2013

The Falkland Islands held a sovereignty referendum to decide on how they wished to be ruled, and the results are in after voting on the 10th and 11th of March.

On a turnout of 90.7%, all but 4 people voted YES to a continuation of the status quo, including the islands' small Argentine community. 3 people voted NO, and 1 person cast an invalid ballot. 155 people didn't show up to vote. PM David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the will of the Falkland Islanders and accept the clear results of the referendum. Argentina better do so promptly, or I'm calling in that one guy.


http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/12/world/americas/falklands-referendum/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

Argentina's bi- President called the vote a 'parody'. I call her a parody. Na-ne-na-ne-boo-boo to you too, Fernandez de Kirchner!
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Labor_Party_leadership_spill,_2013

Rudd supporters called a failed leadership spill to depose Gillard over Labor's poor standing in the polls, and Rudd declined to challenge Gillard! Heads have rolled (not literally) with several whips and ministers being fired or resigning after the failed spill.

Who here expects the September election to be moved up several months? I certainly think that's a real possibility, at least. Tony Abbott is almost certain to be Australia's next PM from 2013 to at least 2016, and he's probably pleased as punch at the chaos enveloping Labor right about now.
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If this happens, 47-year-old Aleqa Hammond will become the first ever female PM of Greenland. She leads Forward. Her article on Wikipedia is down below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleqa_Hammond

Fascinating that she went to college in Canada before attending the University of Greenland. I wonder if any of my friends from Iqaluit know her. There are only about 7,000 people in the whole town.
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If this happens, 47-year-old Aleqa Hammond will become the first ever female PM of Greenland. She leads Forward. Her article on Wikipedia is down below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleqa_Hammond


Fascinating that she went to college in Canada before attending the University of Greenland. I wonder if any of my friends from Iqaluit know her. There are only about 7,000 people in the whole town.

Well, Ms. Hammond ended up Premier of Greenland, so why don't you ring her up and ask? I'm sure she's available!
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