A monthly feature: electoral news from around the world, including Iceland, Japan, Romania and Iraq.
This month's regular update brings electoral news from Mexico, Armenia, Algeria and Samoa.
Iran shifts sharply to the right, with its moderate but unsuccessful president to be replaced by a hardliner. Does that make diplomatic engagement a waste of time?
Armenia's prime minister puts his job on the line in an early election. Meanwhile, Iran's rulers look like securing a hard-line president and possible successor for the supreme leader.
Israel finally gets a new government, and both it and the rest of the world can start to confront the legacy of Benjamin Netanyahu.
After four elections, two months of negotiations and a short war, Israel finally seems on the verge of a change of government.
After ten years of civil war, Syria holds what could only generously be described as an election, with predictable results.
A new refugee crisis erupts as a move in a diplomatic battle between Spain and Morocco.
Negotiations in Israel are centred on the possibility of avoiding a fifth straight election. But the Palestinians have the opposite problem.
This month our regular electoral roundup brings news from Greenland, Samoa, Georgia and Western Australia.