Late April has witnessed some events of political significance around the world, that are at least worth evaluate from my perspective.
Massuive protests in Thailand erupted earlier this month, putting the nation into a serious state and even briefly forcing the Prime minister to flee his residence. One may very well consider this a state of emergency in Thailand and martial law was also declared in Bangkok. In my view the situation was very close to a changed status (to Uni-Revolutionary), but since the government formally did not change its role over the legislature and that the event was too brief and concentrated to Bangkok, I did not find reason to change Thailands status.
Furthermore in Ecuador Rafael Correa has much expected been re-elected president. This does not at this point change the political status, due to his continued position. The legislative election held at the same time, will. One may actually recognise this as a step towards restored normalisation, even though continued socialist dominance. Shortly following Correas installation in 2007 the national assembly was dissolved and replaced by a constituent assembly with stronger loyalty to the president and less powers. Rafael Correa has governed with dominance since. With the election and convening of a new assembly, the opposition will likely regain some of its political influence. Even though the president has been given stronger powers in constitution, the political accountability and hence democracy will be stronger with the official parliament restored.
The elections in South Africa was as expected dominated by ANC. The dominance is clear and has raised doubts about the state of South Africas democracy. Nearly 2/3 majority is often seen as an indication of some political injustice. South Africa will despite this still be considered a genuine democratic state, thanks to a slight reduction in the ANC dominance and the absence of complaints about the electoral procedure. One should however be aware of the responsibility ANC got to keep its democratic credibility in the future, aswell as defend and respect opposition in media, Democratic Alliance or COPE.
Still South Africa will change its political status as Jacob Zuma is installed as official president. This due to its present interim status, held since Kgalema Mothlanthe took over from Thabo Mbeki last fall.
The re-election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria was sadly a sign of reduced democratic state in that country. The dominance of the incumbent president was so strong that one can no longer consider Algeria a limited democracy, but rather a Semi-Authoritarian state.