- Argentina seems to be ruled by a two-party coalition: one with the exciting name 'Front for Victory' and the other with the clearly made-up name 'Justicialist Party'.
- For Belarus, Wikipedia just describes the coalition as 'parties loyal to the president'. clicking through that link, though, reveals that one is quite awesomely called the 'Belarusian Socialist Sporting Party'.
- In Benin, the ruling party is called 'Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin'.
- In Chad, the ruling party has the decidedly dramatic name 'Patriotic Salvation Movement'.
- In Colombia, we've got the rather bland 'Social Party of National Unity', but their other name, 'Party of the U', is pretty cool.
- In Comoros, we've got the rather bizarre 'Camp of the Autonomous Islands'.
- In the Czech Republic, they've clearly got no idea how to name parties, as we get the well-whatever 'Civic Democratic Party', but in addition we get 'TOP 09' and 'Public Affairs'. What?
- In Estonia, one of the two partners has the esoteric name 'Pro Patria and Res Publica Union'. They like the Latin langugae in Estonia.
- If you happen to know about Finland, it's not actually as strange as it seems, but superficially 'Swedish People's Party of Finland' is one odd name.
- In Guatemala, they've got the very optimistic 'National Unity of Hope'.
- Iran's not exactly democratic, but their one real party has a charming name: 'Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran'.
- It's only slightly cool that in Kenya there's the 'Orange Democratic Movement'. What's cooler is this quote from Wikipedia: "The name 'orange' originates from the ballot cards in the referendum, in which a 'Yes' vote was represented by the banana and a 'No' vote was the orange. Thus the parties claim successorship to those who did not support the referendum at the time."
- I was curious what Latvia's 'ZZS' stood for, so I clicked the link. Turns out it's the rather incongruous 'Union of Greens and Farmers'.
- In Malaysia, the dominant party has the rather unforunate name 'National Front'.
- In Poland, the party in power has the rather Czech-like name of 'Civic Platform'.
- In Samoa, the dominant party has the classy name 'Human Rights Protection Party'.
- The Serbian government appears to be a coalition of six (!) parties, but two are noteworthy: 'Party of United Pensioners of Serbia' and 'Hungarian Coalition'.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The People We Give the Car Keys To
So I stumbled across a list on Wikipedia - well, it's most of a list. Whoever compiled it seems to have gotten bored near the end of the alphabet. It attempts to list all the political parties currently forming governments worldwide, either by themselves. And a careful scan reveals that there are some parties out there who really know how to name themselves.