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Equatorial Guinea, 24 April 2016
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Republic of Korea, 13 April 2016
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Peru, 10 April 2016
Djibouti, 8 April 2016
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Argentina

Click for detailThe Argentine Republic occupies almost the whole of South America south of the Tropic of Capricorn and east of the Andes. Throughout the 20th century government generally alternated between military and civilian rule. The so-called ‘dirty war’ between the military regime and its opponents in 1976–83 ... (MORE)

Recent Events

22 May 2016 Austria

An independent candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, narrowly secured the Austrian presidency in the second round, securing 50.3% of votes, according to preliminary results. His opponent, Norbert Hofer of the right-wing, anti-immigration Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (Freedom Party of Austria), won some 49.7%. The Chancellor, Werner Faymann, had resigned in early May, following the first presidential ballot on 24 April when, in an apparent demonstration of public disaffection with the policies of the governing coalition of the Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (Social Democratic Party of Austria) and the Österreichische Volkspartei (Austrian People’s Party), neither party’s candidate secured enough votes to go through to the second round. Christian Kern was sworn in as Chancellor on 17 May.

12 May 2016 Brazil

The Senate voted, by 55 to 22 votes, in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff had been accused of manipulating government accounts in order to conceal an increasing fiscal deficit, in an attempt to assist her re-election campaign in 2014. The Senate’s decision concurred with a vote by the lower house in April. Rousseff was suspended from office while a trial was held within 180 days. Rousseff denounced the decision as a ‘coup’ and insisted she was innocent of the charges. Nevertheless, Vice-President Michel Temer of the Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro, a former coalition partner in the Rousseff Government, was sworn in as Acting President. A new Cabinet was announced later that day.

06 May 2016 Ireland

Following inconclusive elections held on 26 February (at which Fine Gael secured 50 seats, Fianna Fáil 44, Sinn Féin 23 and independents 23 in the 158-member Dáil), and three failed attempts in March and April to elect a Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny of Fine Gael was re-elected as premier on 6 May, having garnered the support of some of the legislature’s independent members. While Fianna Fáil had refused to join Fine Gael in a ‘grand coalition’, the party agreed to ‘facilitate’ Kenny’s administration. Fianna Fáil members abstained in the vote on the premiership, and as a result, Fine Gael formed a minority Government with the inclusion in the cabinet of several independents.

29 April 2016 Iran

A second round of voting in elections to the 290-seat Islamic Consultative Assembly took place. Some 68 seats remained vacant following the first round on 26 February, owing to the failure of any single candidate in those constituencies to secure more than 25% of the votes cast. According to results published by the Ministry of the Interior on 30 April, candidates affiliated to an alliance of reformists, centrists and ‘moderate’ principlists that was broadly supportive of the policies of President Hassan Rouhani (referred to as the ‘List of Hope’) secured 38 seats, while conservative principlists won 18 seats and independents 12 seats. (Although, it was reported that the results for two seats were subsequently annulled.) Voter turnout was recorded at 59%. The results of the run-off polls ensured that the List of Hope had the largest representation in the new Assembly, winning around 118 seats in total. Conservative principlists were thought to have won 82 seats and independents 85. Five seats were reserved for candidates representing religious minorities. The new Assembly was due to be inaugurated on 27 May.

19 April 2016 Djibouti

The Constitutional Council released final results of the presidential election held on 8 April. According to these, incumbent President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh was decisively re-elected for a fourth term of office with 87.1% of the valid votes cast. His nearest challenger Omar Elmi Khaireh, representing the Union pour le Salut National, was attributed 7.3%, while Mohamed Daoud Chehem (of the Parti Djiboutien pour la Démocratie) took 1.8%. Some 69.0% of the eligible electorate participated in the ballot.

16 April 2016 Syria

The Higher Judicial Committee for Elections announced the results of parliamentary elections held on 13 April. Candidates belonging to the ruling National Progressive Front of President Bashar al-Assad secured 200 of the 250 seats available in the People’s Assembly. Voter turnout was recorded at 57.6%, although voting only took place in those parts of the country controlled by government forces, amid the ongoing civil conflict and partition of other parts of Syria between various opposition groups. Meanwhile, direct negotiations between a coalition of opposition groups and representatives of the Government over a peace agreement were taking place under United Nations auspices in Geneva, Switzerland. However, on 18 April the opposition High Negotiations Committee announced that it would suspend its participation in the talks, citing the Government’s insistence that President Assad remain in office under any transitional administration and alleged violations by government forces of an ongoing ceasefire agreement.

14 April 2016 Ukraine

The Supreme Council approved the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister and endorsed the formation of a new Government, led by the hitherto legislative Chairman, Volodymyr Hroisman, a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko. While most of the principal ministerial positions remained unchanged, the formation of a new administration had become necessary after the outgoing Government had lost the parliamentary support of three of its formerly constituent parties. The new adminstration comprised representatives of the Blok Petra Poroshenka (Petro Poroshenko Bloc), the Narodny Front (People's Front), independents, and presidential appointees.

13 April 2016 Republic of Korea

The ruling Saenuri Party of President Park Geun-Hye suffered an unexpected defeat in parliamentary elections, winning only 122 of the 300 seats in the National Assembly, losing its slim majority in the chamber. The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea won 123 seats, the People’s Party 38 and the Justice Party six, in an election dominated by concerns over the weakening economy. The result was likely further to hinder the already slow progress of President Park’s legislative agenda, which had been subject to persistent feuding and political deadlock in the previous legislative term. The next presidential election was scheduled for December 2017.

 


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