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Recent Events

11 January 2017 Iceland

A coalition Government finally took office, following early legislative elections held on 29 October 2016, which were called after the replacement of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson of the Progressive Party (PP) in April. At the elections the Independence Party (IP) won 21 seats in the 63-seat Althingi, but failed to secure a majority with the PP, its erstwhile coalition partner, which lost 11 seats to secure just eight. The Left-Green Movement won 10 seats, as did the anti-establishment Pirate Party. New party Reform secured seven seats, and Bright Future and the Social Democratic Alliance won four seats and three seats, respectively. Turnout was registered at 79.2%, a record low for Icelandic elections. Following lengthy negotiations between various combinations of parties, a Government of the IP, Reform and Bright Future was formed, with a one-seat majority in the Althingi, under IP leader Bjarni Benediktsson, previously Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

18 December 2016 Lebanon

President Gen. Michel Aoun issued a decree appointing a new Cabinet. The leader of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, returned to government as Prime Minister, having previously held that post in 2009–11, while Ghassan Hasbani of the Lebanese Forces was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health. Among the other notable appointees, Yacoub Sarraf became Minister of National Defence and Salim Jreissati Minister of Justice (both are members of the President’s Free Patriotic Movement—FPM). Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Gebran Bassil (also of the FPM), and the Minister of the Interior and Municpalities, Nuhad Mashnouq (of the Future Movement), retained their respective posts. The new Cabinet was formally endorsed by the National Assembly on 28 December.

12 December 2016 New Zealand

Bill English, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, was sworn in as Prime Minister, following his unopposed election as the Leader of the ruling National Party. This followed the unexpected resignation from the premiership on 5 December of John Key, who had held the post for eight years. Former minister Paula Bennett became Deputy Prime Minister. English’s Cabinet, which included Steven Joyce as the new Minister of Finance, was sworn in on 18 December.

11 December 2016 Romania

Preliminary results of the parliamentary elections indicated that the centre-left Partidul Social Democrat (PSD—Social Democrat Party) had emerged as the leading party. The PSD, led by Liviu Dragnea since mid-2015, following the resignation of former Prime Minister Victor Ponta owing to corruption allegations, received some 46% of the votes cast. The second-placed party was the Partidul Naţional Liberal (PNL—National Liberal Party), with some 20% of the votes, apparently reflecting a lack of popular support for the incumbent PNL-backed, non-party Government.

09 December 2016 Republic of Korea

A motion to impeach President Park Geun-Hye was passed by 234 to 56 votes in the National Assembly. President Park has been suspended and presidential authority now resides with the Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn. The vote in favour of impeachment took place against a background of a series of large, popular demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Park. The scandal erupted over President Park’s relationship with a confidante, Choi Soon-Sil. Choi was arrested on charges of coercion and abuse of power, following accusations that she exploited her friendship with President Park to influence policy and to pressure large conglomerates to donate to two foundations that she controlled. Prosecutors accused Park of colluding with Choi; she denies any involvement in the alleged corruption, but has apologized for allowing Choi inappropriate access to government business. The case is now before the Constitutional Court, which has to rule within 180 days.

6 December 2016 France

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced his resignation from office in order to concentrate on his bid to secure the Socialist Party candidacy for the French presidency, and was replaced as premier by Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve. Presidential elections were scheduled to take place in April 2017, with a run-off in May should no candidate achieve an outright majority. Incumbent President François Hollande, who continued, according to opinion polls, to be deeply unpopular with the French public, had previously unexpectedly reversed his decision to run for presidential office a second time.

5 December 2016 The Gambia

The Independent Electoral Commission released the final results of the presidential election held on 1 December. According to these, Adama Barrow (representing an opposition coalition of seven parties, and who had never previously held public office) was confirmed as the victor, having secured 43.3% of the votes cast, defeating the incumbent Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa, who had assumed the presidency in 1994. Jammeh, who received 39.6% of the votes, publicly congratulated Barrow, who was expected to be sworn in as President in mid-January 2017.

5 December 2016 Italy

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister since February 2014, announced his resignation following the defeat of Government constitutional reform plans in a referendum held on 4 December, at which 59.1% of voters rejected reforms that included major changes to the Senate. The proposals were widely opposed by the populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement, the populist, anti-immigration Northern League, and other parties. The referendum was, moreover, perceived as a vote on Renzi’s premiership, with continuing public dissatisfaction at the Government’s handling of the Italian economy, a worsening crisis in the Italian banking sector and the continuing migration crisis cited as contributing to the ‘no’ vote. President Sergio Mattarella asked Renzi to remain in office until the parliamentary approval of the 2017 budget.

 


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