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Voting Gray

Gerontocracy, rule by the elderly, is becoming a theme as Europe's flower-power generation rapidly ages

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Voting Gray

Gerontocracy, rule by the elderly, is becoming a theme as Europe's flower-power generation rapidly ages

Surprise result in Israel

Pensioners’ parties are largely a European phenomenon. While they exist in other Western industrialized nations, it is only on the Continent that they have experienced notable success. The exception is Israel, where the Pensioners of Israel (GIL) won seats in the Knesset between 2006 and 2009 and served as a junior partner in a coalition government. The party controlled the health and pensions ministries and initiated a plan to improve medical care for the elderly. In the 2009 elections, however, GIL failed to obtain sufficient votes for representation.

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