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8 July 2016
Australian government in turmoil as vote count continues - The rise and fall of the democratic ideal
The Australian Federal Elections failed to produce a clear winner on the weekend, raising the prospect of prolonged political instability. A spokesman for the Australian Electoral Commission has told press that a result may not be known for another week, if then. The Coalition has won at least 68 seats and the Labor Party is on track for 71. Neither can command a majority, leaving Australia currently without a government.
Racial and ethnic divisions have seemingly widened, and the past year brought greater attention to police violence and impunity in democratic countries. The complex interplay of regional powers, jihadist groups, and urgent humanitarian priorities in war-torn nations like Syria represents a challenge to peace and stability. The leaders of the free world have fallen short as democratic principles come under threat in their own countries.
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