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Global Left Midweek - Focus on Political Parties

Bolivian voters elect MAS government, reject coup * Monetary reform in Cuba * Pakistan Democratic Movement * Nigeria at the brink * Corbyn reflects

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Bolivians vote out the right, credit: Martin Mejia/AP photo/picture-alliance
  1. Solid MAS Win in Bolivia! Voters Reject Coup
  2. Labour/Greens Rewarded in New Zealand, Māori Party Secures Seat
  3. Left Parties Support Thai Democracy Movement
  4. Cuban Communists Initiate Monetary Reform 
  5. Pakistan Democratic Movement: Elite Opposition Unifies
  6. Bangladesh: Party Leaders Injured at Protest
  7. Australia: Socialist Alliance Manifesto
  8. Nigeria At the Brink
  9. Corbyn Reflects

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Solid MAS Win in Bolivia! Voters Reject Coup

Linda Farthing / NACLA Report (New York)

The landslide MAS victory comes as a sigh of relief after signs of voter intimidation and a year of democratic rollbacks and human rights abuses.

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Labour/Greens Rewarded in New Zealand,
Māori Party Secures Seat

A Righteous Crimson Tsunami!  Martyn Bradbury / The Daily Blog (Auckland)

The Māori Party Defied the Odds  Leigh-Marama McLachlan / The Guardian (London)

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Left Parties Support Thai Democracy Movement

Think Left (Kuala Lumpur)

The Party of the European Left and 23 other left parties call for solidarity with the mass democracy movement in Thailand, as government suppression intensifies.

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Cuban Communists Initiate Monetary Reform

Towards a Single Currency  Marc Frank / Reuters (London)

The Cuban Party Describes Itself  Iroel Sánchez / Granma (Havana)

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Pakistan Democratic Movement: Elite Opposition Unifies

Jyoti Malhotra / ThePrint (New Delhi)  

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of 11 opposition parties, held its first major public demonstration after being formed last month.

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Turkey: PKK, HDP and the Kurdish Movement

Guney Yildiz / MERIP (Chicago)

The Kurdish movement includes the third largest opposition party in Turkey, the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which is a coalition between Kurdish activists, some Turkish leftist groups and certain prominent Turkish liberals.

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Bangladesh: Party Leaders Injured at Protest

New Age (Dhaka)

Police arrested 12 labour leaders and jute mill workers after a clash during a demonstration over reopening of the state-owned jute mills in Khulna left at least 50 injured.
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Australia: Socialist Alliance Manifesto

Green Left (Sydney)

Political consciousness can develop rapidly in the process of sustained collective struggle. Mass movements act as schools of direct democracy. They can also give birth to new institutions of popular democracy. 

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Nigeria At the Brink

The Root of #EndSARS  Fadumo Abiodun Paul / Premium Times (Lagos)

The Moment Has Arrived  Dele Momodu / This Day (Lagos)

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Corbyn Reflects

Ronan Burtenshaw / Tribune (London)

‘The Labour Party cannot win in the long run if all it does is play a media game and pursue a Westminster strategy. It has to be a real presence in the community.’