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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

18 January 2019 Sweden

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister 2014–18 and caretaker Prime Minister since inconclusive elections held in September 2018, was confirmed by the Riksdag as premier at the head of a minority Government comprising the Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Arbetareparti (Swedish Social Democratic Party) and Miljöpartiet de Gröna (Green Party). Under an agreement made with two centre-right parties, the Government would rely on their support in the legislature (the previous administration had depended on the backing of the Left Party). The arrangement followed an unprecedented four months of negotiations after the elections, at which the centre-left and centre-right blocs secured 144 and 143 seats, respectively, and the far-right, anti-immigration Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats) took 62 seats.

15 January 2019 United Kingdom

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government lost, by 432 votes to 202, the delayed ‘meaningful vote’ in the House of Commons on the Brexit arrangements that May had agreed with the European Union in November (a defeat the scale of which was unprecedented in recent parliamentary history). One hundred and eighteen Conservative Party members of Parliament (MPs) voted against the deal, as well as the 10 MPs from the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party, whose concerns centred on the so-called ‘backstop’—an arrangement of last resort to avoid a ‘hard’ border between Northern Ireland and Ireland which, if used, could result in regulatory difference between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The opposition Labour Party immediately called for a vote of no confidence in the Government, which took place on the following day; the Government survived by 325 votes to 306.

10 January 2019 Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante released provisional, partial results of the presidential election held on 30 December 2018. According to these, Félix Tshisekedi, representing the opposition Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social (UDPS), secured 38.6% of the votes cast, while the other main opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, was attributed 34.8%. The candidate of the ruling legislative coalition, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary (Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Security in 2016–18), received 23.8% of the votes. The rate of voter participation was recorded at 47.6%.

7 January 2019 Bangladesh

A new Council of Ministers took office. The President of the Bangladesh Awami League (AL), Sheikh Hasina Wajed, began her third consecutive term as Prime Minister, while also assuming a number of other portfolios, including those of defence and power, energy and mineral resources. A number of ministers in the outgoing AL cabinet regained their previous posts, including the Minister of Home Affairs, Asaduzzaman Khan. Most notable among the new appointees were Mustafa Ahmad Kamal, who became Minister of Finance, and Abdul Momen, who joined the Government as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The formation of a new government followed legislative elections held on 30 December 2018, at which the AL had secured 256 of the 300 available seats.

7 January 2019 Guatemala

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sandra Jovel, announced that the United Nations (UN) body charged with investigating corruption in the country, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG—Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala), was to be expelled from the country. All CICIG staff were given 24 hours to leave. The Commission had been created in 2006 to combat institutional corruption and the continuing lawlessness in the country after the end of the civil war. CICIG had succeeded, inter alia, in bringing fraud charges against former President Otto Pérez Molina, although it had frequently been impeded in its investigations by the Government. Tensions rose further after CICIG initiated a corruption inquiry against incumbent President Jimmy Morales. Morales had banned the CICIG head from entering the country, accusing the UN body of overstepping its remit and threatening Guatemala’s sovereignty.

4 January 2019 Cameroon

President Paul Biya announced the appointment of Dr Joseph Dion Ngute as Prime Minister. Ngute, hitherto Minister, Chargé de Mission at the Presidency, replaced Philémon Yang, who had served as premier since 2009. Changes were also made to a number of ministerial portfolios, including those of public health, of employment and vocational training, and of agriculture and rural development. However, the key government positions remained unaltered.

06 January 2019 Malaysia

Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan resigned as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme Ruler), the first time a Malaysian monarch has abdicated since the country gained independence in 1957. Sultan Muhammad ascended to the post in December 2016 and was expected to remain in the position for five years. The Sultan had been on a leave of absence from early November 2018 to the end of December, purportedly receiving medical treatment, although there were unconfirmed reports that he had married a Russian woman during this period. Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak, who had been Acting Yang di-Pertuan Agong during Sultan Muhammad’s absence assumed the role again, pending the election of a new Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers, which, for this purpose, comprises the rulers of nine of the 13 states. The election was to take place on 24 January.

1 January 2019 Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as President. Bolsonaro, of the right-wing Partido Social Liberal, took office reiterating his election pledges to eradicate corruption in political and business circles and to combat rising crime. In response to the increasing lawlessness in the country, he signalled his intent to allow Brazilians without a criminal record easier access to gun ownership, as well as to give impunity to police officers who kill criminals. A far-right populist, Bolsonaro had been voted into office by an electorate disillusioned by widespread corruption under the previous left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores administrations, and worried by the ongoing poor performance of Latin America’s largest economy. However, civil liberties groups expressed concern that the new President’s promise to restore ‘traditional’ values, as well as the appointment of several military figures to cabinet posts, heralded a return to authoritarian rule.

 


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