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France (legislative), 11 and 18 June
United Kingdom, 8 June 2017
Lesotho, 3 June 2017
Cayman Islands, 24 May 2017
Algeria, 4 May 2017
Bahamas, 10 May 2017
Republic of Korea, 9 May 2017
France (presidential), 23 April and 7 May 2017

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Recent Events

26 June 2017 Mongolia

At the presidential election Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won 38.1% of the votes cast, defeating the parliamentary Speaker, Miyegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party. Enkhbold, who had begun the campaign as the favourite to be elected, secured 30.3% of the votes, only narrowly beating the third candidate, Sainkhuu Ganbaatar of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, who won 30.2%. Since, for the first time, none of the candidates won an outright majority, a second election between the two leading candidates was to be held on 9 July.

21 June 2017 Saudi Arabia

Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud was elevated to Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister, while retaining the title of Minister of Defence. Prince Muhammad bin Salman replaced Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud, who was also removed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior. The latter portfolio was reallocated to Prince Abd al-Aziz bin Sa‘ud bin Nayef bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud.

18 June 2017 France

At the second round of legislative elections, President Emmanuel Macron’s recently established centrist movement, La République En Marche (REM), along with its ally Mouvement Démocrate (MoDem), secured an absolute majority of seats, with the REM winning 308 of the 577 seats in the legislature and 43.1% of the votes cast, and MoDem 42 seats with 6.1% of votes. The Union des Démocrates et Indépendants, a federation of centrist parties, won 18 seats. The established parties of the right and left suffered losses. Les Républicains, which as the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire had garnered 194 seats at the 2012 elections, secured 113 seats, while the Parti Socialiste, which had won 280 seats in 2012, was left with just 29 seats. Meanwhile, the left-wing La France Insoumise secured 17 seats and the Parti Communiste Français 10. The far-right Front National, whose candidate Marine Le Pen stood against Macron in the second round of presidential elections in May, won eight seats. Voter participation at the second round was low, at 42.6%.

11 June 2017 Puerto Rico

In a referendum on Puerto Rico’s constitutional status, nearly 97% of participating voters were in favour of the island becoming a state of the USA. However, turnout was just 23% and the results were non-binding. Any change in Puerto Rico’s status would have to be approved by the US Congress. The plebiscite had been called in early 2017 by the incoming Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, who declared the attainment of statehood to be a priority for his administration, particularly in light of the ongoing fiscal crisis on the island. Opposition parties had urged supporters to boycott the vote.

8 June 2017 United Kingdom

An early general election was held, called at the request of the Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, with the stated aim of confirming the Government’s mandate prior to the start of negotiations with the European Union on the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit. While the Conservative Party, with 318 seats and 42.4% of the votes cast, remained the largest party in the House of Commons, it failed to secure an overall majority, suffering a loss of 13 seats. The Labour Party increased its representation by 30 seats to 262 seats with 40.0% of votes. The Liberal Democrats secured 12 seats (an increase of four seats) and the Green Party held its one seat. Notably, the UK Independence Party secured 1.8% of votes (having garnered 12.6% at the 2015 general election) and no representation. In Scotland, the Scottish National Party lost 21 seats to secure 35, while in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) won 10 seats and Sinn Fein seven; the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Ulster Unionist Party both lost their representation. May announced her intention to pursue discussions with the DUP in order to form a minority Conservative Government that would rely on DUP support in the House of Commons. Voter participation was registered at 68.7%.

07 June 2017 Nepal

The leader of the Nepali Congress Party (NCP), Sher Bahadur Deuba, was sworn into office as Prime Minister by President Bidhya Devi Bandari. Deuba had previously served as premier on three separate occasions, most recently in 2004–05. Seven ministers from three parties were sworn in at the same ceremony. From the NCP, Gopal Man Shrestha became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki Minister of Finance and Farmullah Mansoor Minister of Labour and Employment. From the Communist Party of Nepal—Maoist Centre (CPN—MC), Krishna Bahadur Mahara was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, party leader Janardan Sharma as Minister of Home Affairs and Prabhu Sah as Minister without Portfolio. The leader of the Madhesi Jana Adhikar Forum Nepal—Loktantrik, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development. The appointment of a new government followed the resignation as Prime Minister of Pushpa Kamal Dahal (better known as ‘Prachanda’), in accordance with the coalition agreement reached in August 2016 between the CPN—MC and the NCP.

05 June 2017 Qatar/Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced that it had ended its diplomatic relations with Qatar, citing the need to protect ‘national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism’. The land border between the two countries was to be closed with immediate effect, while air and sea transport links were also to be cut. All Saudi nationals were henceforth barred from travelling to Qatar, while Qatari nationals were ordered to leave Saudi Arabia within two weeks. Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates implemented similar measures against Qatar. The decision marked a severe escalation in a dispute between the nations concerned over Qatar’s close relations with Iran, and its continued support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and affiliates of that organization across the Middle East and North Africa. Bahrain and the UAE, in particular, accused Qatar of providing financial support to Islamist militant groups, and of hosting their leaders on its territory.

03 June 2017 Lesotho

Legislative elections were held, following the collapse of the governing coalition led by the Democratic Congress (DC) and the dissolution of Parliament in March. According to results released by the Independent Elections Commission, the All Basotho Convention (ABC, led by former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who had returned from exile in South Africa in February) secured the largest number of seats, taking 48 out of the 117 declared, while the DC was placed second with 30 seats. Thabane announced on 9 June that he had secured agreement with three other parties (the Alliance of Democrats, the Basotho National Party and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho) that would enable the formation of a new coalition Government.


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