Scottish Government minister Paul Wheelhouse has failed to reclaim a seat in the Scottish Parliament.
Reading political party manifestos is, it must be said, a duty rather than a pleasure. So much verbiage, so little prospect of the vast majority of it ever being fulfilled.
Algeria goes to the polls today in a widely disputed election that aims to move the country on from its political quagmire, although this seems unlikely.
The Algerian government has set out steps intended to bring an end to the discontent that has left the country paralysed since February.
Venezuela’s opposition has won a key two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.