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Recent Events

27 January 2016 Qatar

The Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a decree reorganizing the Council of Ministers. Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd al-Rahman Al Thani was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing Dr Khalid bin Muhammad al-Attiya, who became Minister of State for Defence Affairs. Dr Hanan Muhammad al-Kuwari joined the Government as Minister of Public Health. A number of other portfolios were merged: the Minister of Administrative Development, Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, assumed additional responsibility for labour and social affairs, while Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi took the newly combined post of Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Environment. Responsibility for the former culture, arts and heritage, and youth and sports portfolios was allocated to Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali.

24 January 2016 Portugal

According to preliminary results, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the candidate of the centre-right Partido Social Democrata (Social Democratic Party), was elected President with 52% of votes (thus avoiding the need for a run-off poll in February). He was to take over the presidency in March from Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who had been in post since March 2006. Turnout was recorded at 48.8%.

20 January 2016 Moldova

Parliament voted to endorse the formation of a new Government, headed by Pavel Filip of the Partidul Democrat din Moldova (Democratic Party of Moldova), and comprising members of several pro-European factions. Gheorge Brega, who had served as Acting Prime Minister since October 2015, became one of four Deputy Prime Ministers, while eight other ministers in the outgoing administration were reappointed to their incumbent positions. The appointments took place amid demonstrations and protests, both outside and within the parliamentary chamber, against the European orientation of the Government.

19 January 2016 Libya

A Government of National Accord (GNA) was appointed by the nine-member Presidency Council, led by Fayez al-Sarraj. Both entities were based in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, amid ongoing disputes between representing various regional and political interests in Libya. The formation of the GNA followed the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement by members of the rival Tripoli- and Tobruk-based legislatures at a meeting in Morocco on 17 December 2015. The GNA was to comprise 32 ministers, including al-Sarraj as Prime Minister and five deputy premiers drawn from across Libya. Under the terms of the December 2015 Agreement—which had been brokered by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya—the GNA’s formation was to be approved by a vote in the House of Representatives in Tobruk within 10 days. However, on 25 January 2016 the House of Representatives voted to reject the GNA as proposed, and instead to conduct a further review into the ministers nominated by al-Sarraj.

16 January 2016 Taiwan

At a general election Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected President with 56.1% of the votes, defeating the candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, who secured 31.0%. The DPP also won a landslide victory in the legislative election, winning 68 of the 113 seats, securing a majority in the Legislative Yuan for the first time in the party’s history. The KMT, which had pursued closer ties with the People’s Republic of China, won only 35 seats. On 18 January 2016 the KMT Premier resigned with the whole cabinet in preparation for the formation of a transitional Executive Yuan. Tsai Ing-wen was scheduled to take office on 20 May.

15 January 2016 The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced his resignation, in conformity with the terms of an agreement reached in mid-2015, following talks between government and opposition representatives, which were mediated by the European Union amid an escalating political crisis. Gruevski, the leader of the ruling Vnatrešno-Makedonska Revolucionerna Organizacija-Demokratska Partija za Makedonsko Nacionalno Edinstvo (VMRO-DPMNE, Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity), had been premier since 2006. On 18 January 2016 Emil Dimitriev, the General Secretary of the VMRO-DPMNE, assumed the role of acting Prime Minister pending legislative elections, which were due to take place in April.

4 January 2016 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced that it had ended all diplomatic relations with Iran, following attacks against the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the previous day. Bahrain and Sudan subsequently announced the severance of their own formal relations with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates downgraded its relations to the level of chargé d’affaires. The Iranian authorities had vehemently criticised the execution in Saudi Arabia on 2 January 2016 of a leading Shi‘a Muslim cleric and critic of the Saudi Government, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who had been sentenced to death in 2014 for ‘supporting violent and destructive acts’ within Saudi Arabia and abroad. Al-Nimr had been a prominent supporter of anti-Government protests by Shi‘as in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia in 2011.

29 December 2015 Georgia

The Georgian Parliament approved the appointment of Giorgi Kvirikashvili, hitherto First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, as Prime Minister. He succeeded Irakli Garibashvili, who had resigned on 23 December to lead the campaign of his Qartuli Ocneba-Demokratiuli Sakartvelo (Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia) party prior to legislative elections expected to be held in 2016. The appointment of Mikheil Janelidze as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the promotion of the Minister of Economic and Sustainable Development, Dimitri Kumsishvili, to the additional post of Deputy Prime Minister apart, Kvirkashvili’s new Government, which was also approved by Parliament on 29 December, contained the same members as its predecessor.


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