Election emigration: overseas citizens might be affected by decisions made about social welfare, education, taxation, immigration, broadcasting and consular protection, even if they plan never to move back. Photograph:  Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

At a meeting hosted by the London Irish Lawyers Association to debate the future of Seanad Éireann, about 80 Irish people are packing out the National(...)

A weak campaign by mainstream parties can leave a vacuum ready for filling by interest groups from wider civil society. Photograph: Alan Betson

An outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that we like referendums. We certainly have had a lot of them (34 to date) and are about to have a (...)

Malaysia’s prime minister and Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Najib Razak celebrates his victory with a prayer on election day at the PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Nicky Loh/Getty Images

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak may have to step down by the end of the year, ruling party sources said today, after his coalition extende(...)