Election Races Around the Globe in 2018

Mexico will pick a new President on July 1. Corruption scandals, anaemic growth and drug-related violence have boosted support for veteran leftist Andre’s Manuel Lo’pez Obrador.

Brazil will vote on October 7, with hopes to turn the corner after economic doldrums and spiking crime following the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff.

Venezuela’s Nicola’s Maduro has vowed to seek re-election as President as crisis-wracked the country in 2018, although whether a vote will be free and fair, or will even happen, is anyone’s guess.

Egypt will vote around April. Exiled former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has announced his intention to unseat President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to seek a second term.

Pakistan will decide its fate, as general elections are to be held by September 3, following the judicial ouster of pro-U.S. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Former cricket captain Imran Khan is leading the main opposition charge by courting the nation’s Islamists.

Cambodia will vote on July 29 against the backdrop of a serious crackdown on democracy and free speech. Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen has locked up rivals in a worrying lurch toward outright dictatorship.

Thailand will have an election in November, according to its ruling junta. Unrest around the vote is a distinct possibility in the politically driven kingdom. – Source: Time