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Recent Events

5 June 2019 Denmark

At elections to the 179-member Folketing, the parties of the centre-left secured 91 seats, according to preliminary results, of which Socialdemokratiet (Social Democrats) won 48 to become the largest grouping in the legislature, while the centre-right bloc of incumbent Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Venstre secured a total of 75 seats. It was expected that the leader of Socialdemokratiet, Mette Frederiksen, would attempt to form a minority Government, which would rely on support from other parties on an ad hoc basis. The number of seats won by the right-wing, anti-immigration Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party) was reduced to 16 seats (from 37 at the 2015 elections).

5 June 2019 Thailand

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was re-elected as Prime Minister in a combined vote by the 250 members of the Senate and the 500 members of the House of Representatives, following the formation of a coalition comprising the Palang Pracharat Party, the Democratic Party, Bhum Jai Thai and 16 smaller parties. Gen. Prayuth defeated the opposition nominee Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of the Future Forward Party, by 500 votes to 244; all 250 members of the appointed Senate supported Gen. Prayuth. Thanathorn had previously been suspended from parliament by the Constitutional Council, pending a ruling on his potential disqualification in a case brought against him by the Election Commission, which alleged that he had failed to divest himself of a media shareholding prior to the general election of 24 March.

30 May 2019 Austria

President Van der Bellen named Brigitte Bierlein, President of the Constitutional Court, as interim Federal Chancellor to head a Government of technocrats prior to early elections that were expected to be held later in the year. The administration of Sebastian Kurz of the Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP—Austrian People’s Party) had been removed from office following a vote of no confidence held in the Nationalrat (National Council) on 27 May. The governing coalition of the ÖVP and the right-wing Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ—Freedom Party of Austria) had collapsed in mid-May following a scandal involving the FPÖ’s Heinz-Christian Strache, who resigned as Federal Vice-Chancellor and as leader of the FPÖ after a video appeared in the German media apparently showing him offering an unnamed Russian-speaking woman, who was posing as the representative of a Russian oligarch, access to state contracts in return for favourable press for the FPÖ. The remaining FPÖ ministers in the Cabinet had subsequently resigned after Federal Minister for the Interior Herbert Kickl (who had been chairman of the FPÖ in mid-2017, when the video had apparently been filmed, and whose ministry would have responsibility for any investigation into the scandal) was removed from his post.

29 May 2019 Australia

Scott Morrison was sworn in for a second term as Prime Minister along with his new Ministry, following the unexpected victory of the incumbent Liberal-National coalition at the general election of 18 May 2019. The coalition, which had become a minority Government prior to the election, won a majority in the House of Representatives with 77 of the 151 seats. Amid notable changes to the Ministry a record seven women were appointed to the Cabinet, while Ken Wyatt was appointed Minister for Indigenous Affairs, becoming the first Aboriginal member of the Cabinet.

29 May 2019 Israel

Members of the Knesset (parliament) approved a motion to dissolve the chamber and to schedule legislative elections for 17 September 2019. This followed the expiry of a deadline for the formation of a new government, amid disagreement between the Israel Beytenu and United Torah Judaism parties over draft legislation to repeal an exemption from military conscription granted to ultra-Orthodox religious students. On 17 April 2019 President Reuven Rivlin had instructed the incumbent Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to begin negotiations over a new coalition after Netanyahu’s Likud party had emerged with the joint largest number of seats at elections held on 9 April. However, following the failure of Netanyahu to achieve a consensus between the right-wing and religious parties represented in the Knesset within the maximum 42-day period, Likud deputies successfully proposed the dissolution of the chamber, thereby preventing President Rivlin from nominating the opposition Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz to lead a new round of talks.

29 May 2019 Papua New Guinea

James Marape, the former Minister of Finance, was elected Prime Minister by 101 votes to eight in the unicameral legislature. Marape had resigned from the Government of the previous Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in protest at a natural gas agreement signed with a French company, prompting further high-profile defections and a planned vote of no confidence. Following several weeks of chaos O’Neill resigned and Marape and other defectors returned to the governing bloc. Marape’s new National Executive Council (cabinet), which was sworn in on 7 June, included two notable critics of the previous Government, Bryan Kramer and Kerenga Kua, as Minister for Police and Minister for Petroleum and Energy, respectively.

24 May 2019 United Kingdom

Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would resign as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June. The announcement followed months of political deadlock with regard to the UK’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU), the agreement negotiated between May and the EU having been rejected three times by a deeply divided British Parliament. In April EU government leaders had agreed to delay Brexit from the scheduled departure date of 29 March until 31 October. May was to continue as Prime Minister in a caretaker capacity until the end of the selection process for a new leader of the Conservative Party.

23 May 2019 India

The Election Commission of India announced the results of the general election, held in nine rounds between 11 April and 19 May 2019. The governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increased its representation in the Lok Sabha, securing 303 of the 542 seats contested. (Voting in one seat, Vellore in Tamil Nadu, was cancelled owing to allegations of financial impropriety on the part of one candidate.) The Indian National Congress took 52 seats, while the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won 23 seats. The All India Trinamool Congress and the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party each won 22 seats, and Shiv Sena 18 seats. In total, the parties of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance secured 349 seats in the new parliament.

 


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