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Recent elections

Cyprus, 4 February 2018
Monaco, 11 February 2018
Costa Rica, 4 February 2018
Finland, 28 January 2018
Czech Republic, 12 and 13 January 2018 (first round); 26 and 27 January 2018 (second round)
Nepal, 26 November and 7 December 2017
Honduras, 26 November 2017

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Recent Events

15 February 2018 Ethiopia

Hailemariam Desalegn tendered his resignation as Prime Minister and as Chairman of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Hailemariam had in early January announced an amnesty for certain detained opposition members and other imprisoned individuals and the closure of a controversial detention centre; however, anti-Government protests and violent unrest, which had taken place since 2015, most notably in Oromia regional state, continued. Hailemariam was to remain in office pending the democratic election of a successor at the next EPRDF congress, which was scheduled to take place in March 2018. A state of emergency, which was to remain in place for six months, according to the Minister of Defence, was promptly declared.

14 February 2018 South Africa

Jacob Zuma announced his resignation as President, following the decision of the ruling African Nation Congress (ANC) party’s National Executive Committee to recall him from that position. Although Zuma, who had been repeatedly accused of corruption and fraud since the mid-2000s, was not obliged by law to obey the ANC’s recall motion, it appeared likely that he would be removed from the presidency either by impeachment or a parliamentary motion of no confidence were he to refuse to step down. On 15 February Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the ANC and hitherto national Deputy President, was sworn in as head of state.

04 February 2018 Costa Rica

According to provisional results from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, there was no outright winner of the presidential election. The leading candidate, Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz of the right-wing Restauración Nacional, won 24.9% of the valid vote, ahead of Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the governing centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana, who garnered 21.7% of the ballot. Support for Alvarado Muñoz, an evangelical preacher who opposed gay marriage, had increased in the weeks before the election after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage should be made legal in Costa Rica. As no candidate won more than 40% of the vote, a run-off ballot was to be held between the two leading contenders on 1 April.

04 February 2018 Cyprus

Nikos Anastasiades won re-election as President of the Republic of Cyprus. At a run-off poll, Anastasiades of the ruling Dimokratikos Synagermos (DISY) secured 56.0% of the valid votes cast, defeating Stavros Malas, an independent supported by the left-wing Anorthotiko Komma Ergazomenou Laou (AKEL). Voter turnout was recorded at 74.0%. At the first round of voting, held on 28 January 2018, no candidate achieved 50% of the valid votes cast; Anastasiades and Malas emerged as the leading candidates, winning 35.5% and 30.2% of the vote, respectively.

02 February 2018 Equatorial Guinea

President Gen. (retd) Obiang Nguema Mbasogo announced the dissolution of the Government. A new, 29-member Council of Ministers was formed on 6 February, in which the key portfolios remained unchanged. Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, who had been appointed to the premiership in June 2016, retained his position as Prime Minister, in charge of Administrative Co-ordination, while the three Deputy Prime Ministers were also reappointed.

29 January 2018 Romania

A new Government led by Vasilica-Viorica Dăncilă of the Partidul Social Democrat (PSD—Social Democratic Party) was sworn in. Dăncilă thereby became the country’s first female premier. The Prime Minister of the governing coalition since June 2017, Mihai Tudose of the PSD, had announced his resignation earlier in the month, amid tensions with PSD Chairman and Chairman of the lower parliamentary chamber, Liviu Dragnea (who was unable to seek the premiership owing to a fraud conviction).

28 January 2018 Finland

At a presidential election the incumbent President, Sauli Niinistö, running as an independent (although formerly of the centre-right National Coalition Party), was re-elected with 62.7% of the valid votes cast, without the need for a run-off poll. Niinistö’s closest rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party, secured just 12.4% of the vote. The candidate of the populist, far-right Finns Party won 6.9%, while another independent took 6.2% of the vote. Total voter participation was recorded at 66.7%.

26 January 2018 Timor-Leste

President Francisco Guterres, a leader of the Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente (Fretilin), announced the dissolution of Parliament, following the failure of the minority Government, led by Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, also of Fretilin, to gain parliamentary approval for its governing programme. Fretilin won the largest number of seats in the July 2017 election, but following the late withdrawal of one of its prospective coalition partners only controls 30 of the 65 seats in Parliament in alliance with the Partido Democrático. The new legislative election was expected to be held in May.


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