Elections to Watch in 2019 | NowThis World

Elections to Watch in 2019 | NowThis World

As the last few years have shown,
elections can have major consequences for the rest of the world, in addition
to the country in which they’re held. So in this episode we’re discussing
which nations have elections coming up in 2019, and how they might
impact events on the global stage. So let’s start with Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Independent Election
Commission HAD announced that the country’s presidential elections
will be held on April 20th 2019. But at the end of December, the commission announced
that elections would be postponed indefinitely to fix technical problems that occurred
in the most recent parliamentary elections. Current President Ashraf Ghani is running to win
his second term, but his reelection is anything but certain. Ghani is facing a potentially strong challenge from
former National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar. To make matters even more complicated,
external forces in Afghanistan like the United States, Russia, and Pakistan
want to head to the negotiating table with the Taliban, after years of fighting. The insurgent group has been making territorial gains
and increasing its influence in the region. While the United States would prefer that the Taliban
negotiate with the Afghan government directly, the group has refused, as it views the administration
in Kabul as merely a puppet regime. So the United States has begun to
communicate with Taliban representatives to outline a basis for peace talks. The Taliban reportedly proposed
to Zalmay Khalilzad, the Trump administration’s Special
Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation that the country’s current, permanent government
be replaced by an interim government that would be led by neutral parties
during the peace negotiations. Political observers have warned that to avoid disaster in
Afghanistan, the peace process must not be rushed. Delaying the election could also give Khalilzhad more
time to get the Taliban to the negotiating table. Meanwhile in Ukraine, their upcoming election is being called
“the most important since the country became independent.” With March 31st presidential elections on the horizon, their ongoing conflict with Russia has
reached another boiling point. On November 25th, Russia’s coast guard fired on and
captured three Ukranian navy vessels in the Black Sea. The next day, Ukraine’s parliament voted to pass President Petro Poroshenko’s motion instituting martial law. Poroshenko has assured that the 30-day martial law
period will not postpone the upcoming election. However, some observers, like Radio Free
Europe journalist Christopher Miller, think Poroshenko is attempting to use this crisis
and the imposition of martial law as a way to bolster his own popularity
as the election approaches. It’s no secret that his popularity
has plummeted in recent months Elections are only four months away,
and he really does need to pull something out of his hat to bring up that rating
and to get Ukrainian voters on his side. One area where Poroshenko does
enjoy support is as commander-in-chief. He is seen as being a strong
commander-in-chief and military leader. The election’s current front runner,
according to polling, Yulia Tymoshenko, initially accused Poroshenko of using the naval
incident to bolster his own election chances. However, as a member of Ukraine’s
parliament, she ultimately supported the President’s declaration of martial law and
voted to have it passed in the legislature. If Ukraine is ultimately able to hold its
election despite this turbulence, it would be a major rebuke of
Putin’s aggression in the region. And observers at the Atlantic Council
say a victory by pro-reform candidates could advance the country’s European
integration, pushing it closer to the EU and away from Russia’s sphere of influence. Over in India, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and his party, the BJP, are fighting to retain their majority in India’s
parliament in the country’s 2019 elections. They won a huge victory back in 2014,
when they became the first political party in India, besides the historically
dominant Congress Party, to gain an outright majority in Parliament. But the backlash against some of Modi’s policies
will make maintaining that majority difficult. In 2014, many Indian voters supported Modi after he campaigned
on the message “Achhe din," which means, “Good
days are coming." While India has subsequently seen economic growth, many
average Indians have not been able to share in this prosperity, due to rising unemployment and
inflation, particularly in rural areas. Since the BJP can no longer rely
on economic promises to win, it is turning to Hindu nationalism to retain
the votes of India’s largest religious group. Modi’s government has initiated policies
focused on gaining support among the Hindu electorate at the expense of
India’s religious minorities. Reports of religious-based hate crimes have
been on the rise since 2014, mostly against Muslims. In response to this political climate, the
once-dominant Congress Party has been attempting to rally together an inclusive
coalition ahead of the 2019 election. Rahul Ghandi, scion of the legendary
political family, now leads the party, which has been forging coalitions with small
regional parties to match the BJP’s support. Israel’s 2019 election approaches as
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the second longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history,
becomes further ensnared in corruption scandals. Israeli police have recommended he be indicted
on charges including bribery and fraud, after investigations
for three separate cases. Israel’s attorney general is currently
reviewing the police’s recommendations, but it could take months before any
decisions on an indictment are announced. At the end of December, Netanyahu and his coalition
announced that the next election would be held early, in April. They said it was due to differences over legislation, but some political observers had speculated
that Netanyahu would call an early election to ensure that he’s re-elected before
any indictments roll in. An electoral victory for the prime minister,
in spite of corruption allegations, would make it more difficult for the attorney
general to recommend charges against him. According to Israeli law, prime ministers are
not required to resign when under indictment, so Netanyahu could still remain leader
of the Likud Party until the election. The party continues to back him, but its
governing coalition has become much weaker. It only holds 61 of the
120 seats in Israel’s parliament, after losing a key partner due to a dispute
over a ceasefire with Hamas. Other partners in the coalition have signaled
that they would not remain members of Netanyahu’s government
if he receives an indictment. As of early December, no rival parties
seriously threatened Likud’s lead in the polls. Next year, leaders in Afghanistan,
Ukraine, India, and Israel will have to make the case to voters
that they deserve to hold power.[ Then, on Election Day, citizens will
decide their fate at the ballot box. What will happen to these continuing conflicts
and embroiled incumbents? Stay tuned.

47 thoughts on “Elections to Watch in 2019 | NowThis World

  1. Rahul gandhi (Indian (but not proven)) is not a legendary scion!! He is a scientist who is trying to build a machine which coverts potatoes into Gold (yep, you hear me right GOLD). Don't trouble him with elections!!

  2. I was a subscriber to this page and activated notifications too for the information being shared
    But it broke my heart that this page is no longer take intt in india and original news in india and everything shared in this video about india was wrong which I can proved easily but I'm not going to waste another moment on this page
    Better late than never
    Just because of giving false information about my country

  3. Majority of things that have been said about Modi’s regime in India is baseless and he is returning with full force winning the elections hands down!!!

  4. JUST STFU…check India inflation rate you dumb…its decreasing after 2014…and stfu with nationalism thing…we know you are left

  5. When you said "Inflation in India", I LMAO.
    2-3% inflation is ~no inflation (or good inflation) in a developing country.

  6. It's was and always be a Hindu State all d groups that ignored this truth r facing consequences today😊❤❤❤❤🙏

  7. Afghanistan and Ukraine come before India in importance, wow it only shows how dumb and stupid you are u pc bxtch.

  8. WOW
    Never have I ever seen a more stupid report on INDIA
    Legendary Scion? High Inflation? Low growth of Economy? BJP shifting to Hindu-Nationalism bcoz they fear loss in 2019?
    I mean give a kindergarten Kid a camera and mike and he/she will shoot a better report.
    Only one word to say after this. RIDICULOUS

  9. We should ask Congress what they did in 40 yrs killed Sikhs and look at what BJP did in a few years. Yeah

  10. This video has followed the propaganda set by opposition parties in India. Please get your facts correct. There is no communal hatred in India. Also, all opposition parties are neck deep in corruption and PM Modi's anti-corruption drive has drove all opposition parties together. Down voting this video for wrong facts on Indian elections.

  11. The modi regime has kept inflation under control for the whole time
    India has been the world's fastest growing major economy for most of his term
    WTF is this woman talking about

  12. Am I the only one who saw that she made BJP and modi look inferior to rahul?? This is not the case…namo has been a wonderful PM inspire of some mistakes

  13. Your facts on India is wrong and motivated . After 2014 elections the inflation has drastically fallen . And in india there is no official way you can measure the employment data .

  14. Dear NTW, you have to cover the upcoming elections of Argentina, El Salvador, Greece, and Indonesia. These 4 countries are developing nations which surely have grown exponentially in economics, security, and foreign relations. But these countries are also prone to the global wave of populism and religious fundamentalism. They could be the another Brazil and the US. Some of the frontrunners for presidency in these countries' elections have similar vision, ideology, and strategies to that of Bolsonaro, Orban, and Trump, but much more hostile and toxic. These populist contenders deliberately used divisive strategies to pit citizens against each other, they campaigned TO HATE. If the populists take over these countries. the era of democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Argentina, El Salvador, Greece and Indonesia is very potentially short-lived.

  15. What do you think about the recent conflicts between India and Pakistan would effect the Elections in India?

  16. Well in Israel there is one party that is threatening the Likud her name is Cahol Lavan (its in Hebrew for blue and white) that now holds more seats in the government

  17. thailand do have elections in 2019 and it start in march but the thai people were afraid to vote because of coups and they wondered will the election will be free and fair and no coups

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