First Past the Post: April 4-5

East and South Asia

Newly minted Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to push through massive pro-growth monetary policy on Thursday.

Snark (and rightfully so) from FP Passport about the double standards applied by Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai confirms he won’t seek a third term.

Previewing the Malaysian election.

North America

Business interests not so stoked about the current U.S. immigration reform.

Ezra Klein daydreams that the U.S. government will break up big banking.


Henrique Capriles attacks a plan to use the Venezuelan military to turn out the vote.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Former Central African Republic president François Bozize blames Chad for aiding the rebels that deposed him.


Italy could begin voting on a successor to president Giorgio Napolitano on April 18.

Incumbent Montenegrin president Filip Vujanovic leads in polls in advance of Sunday’s presidential vote.

Portugal’s government survives a no-confidence vote.

Wise words, as usual, from Tyler Cowen on France and austerity.


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