Libyans Vote in First Post-Gaddafi Election
July 17, 2012
On July 7, 2012, Libya took a major step on its path to democracy when it conducted elections for General National Congress, the body that is replacing the current unelected National Transitional Council. Despite dealing with a short timeframe to implement the poll and a challenging security environment, the event was considered a success. Election Day was a joyful occasion as citizens lined up to cast their ballots in the first poll since Mu'amar Gaddafi was deposed.
Observing International Day of Non-Violence
September 30, 2011
The International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated on 2 October, the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It was designated by the United Nations in June 2008 as a day to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness."
A Jubilant Juba on Independence Day
July 27, 2011
I traveled to Juba, South Sudan, earlier this month at the invitation of the South Sudan Referendum Bureau. IFES worked closely with this body over the past several months on the successful January referendum in which residents of southern Sudan chose, almost unanimously, to separate from Sudan.
South Sudan's Journey to Independence
July 06, 2011
On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan becomes the world’s newest nation. Independence from Sudan is the result of years of conflict, an internationally mediated peace agreement and a peaceful popular vote for separation. Although violence continues throughout Sudan, the January 2011 referendum on independence for South Sudan marks a triumph of the democratic process. More than 97 percent of registered southern Sudanese voters cast ballots to determine their nation’s future. This photo gallery depicts the milestones along South Sudan’s path to independence.
Southern Sudan: Referendum for Secession
January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 9 kicked off a week of voting in Southern Sudan on a referendum to determine whether it will secede from the north. The overall mood was jubilant as citizens fulfilled one of the points established during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed on January 9, 2005 between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The CPA expired on July 9, 2011. Final results from the referendum are expected to be released in late January and final results will be made public by February 14, 2011.