The supporters of independence win a majority in the New Caledonia government for the first time. Change is on the way, although the underlying balance of power is not all that it might seem.
A tumultuous year comes to an end with incumbent governments generally doing well and democracy managing to weather some storms.
Election news from around the world. Today, New Zealand, Seychelles, Lithuania and Tanzania.
New Zealanders show that proportional representation doesn't mean you can't deliver clear results, as Jacinda Ardern's Labour government wins a landslide victory.
An increase in the pro-independence vote in New Caledonia puts its supporters within sight of their goal.
There's another independence referendum on Sunday in New Caledonia. It's unlikely to show a very different result from the first one, but the opponents of independence can't hold out forever.
An occasional feature: today, electoral news from Trinidad & Tobago, Belgium, Ivory Coast and New Zealand
New Zealand opts for reproductive choice, raising questions about the nature of the coalition led by its progressive prime minister.
The referendum on independence leaves zero room for doubt about the wishes of the people of Bougainville. Papua New Guinea now has to come to the party.
Australia seems curiously unexcited about the likely emergence of a new nation on its doorstep.