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Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series.

First published in 1926, the Europa World Year Book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World offer in-depth, expert analysis at regional, sub-regional and country level.

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Recent elections

Japan, 14 December 2014
Mauritius, 10 December 2014
Dominica, 8 December 2014
Moldova, 30 November 2014
Greenland, 28 November 2014
Namibia (presidential), 28 November 2014
Namibia (legislative), 28 November 2014
Tonga, 27 November 2014
Bahrain, 22 and 29 November 2014
Uruguay, 26 October and 30 November 2014

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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

16 December Pakistan

A small group of militants stormed a school operated by the Pakistani army in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. According to initial reports more than 120 people, mostly schoolchildren, were killed during the assault. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Islamist militant organization Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which stated that the attack was launched in retaliation for the ongoing Pakistani military campaign against militant groups, including the TTP, in North Waziristan. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in June 2014, following the failure of peace negotiations between representatives of the Government and the TTP; by mid-December some 1,600 militants were estimated to have been killed in the fighting.

14 December Japan

An election took place to the House of Representatives. It had been called at short notice by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to secure a further mandate for his economic reforms. According to unofficial results, the ruling coalition, comprising Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its partner New Komeito, retained its two-thirds’ majority in the chamber, with the LDP winning 291 of the 475 seats in the legislature and New Komeito 35. The principal opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), polled poorly, although it increased its representation from 57 seats at the last election to 73 seats. The President of the DPJ, Banri Kaieda, lost his seat and subsequently resigned as party leader.

14 December Haiti

The Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, tendered his resignation. His departure followed the release of a report by a Presidential Consultative Commission that recommended Lamothe and other members of the Cabinet step down from office in order to facilitate the holding of overdue elections. Elections for two-thirds of the Senate had been delayed since May 2012, and the mandate of the remaining senators and the entire Chamber of Deputies was due to expire in January 2015. The Commission urged the formation of a ‘consensus government’, including members of opposition parties. It also advocated the resignations of the members of the Provisional Electoral Council and of the President of the Supreme Council of Judicial Power. A new Electoral Council would then be appointed to organize new elections.

14 December UN Environment Programme

An agreement to further efforts to address climate change was concluded, in Lima, Peru, by the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The two-week meeting, attended by senior representatives of more than 190 countries, signed the Lima Call for Climate Action, intended as an initial framework of a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, scheduled to be concluded in Paris, France, in December 2015. All countries pledged to submit, preferably by March 2015, ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, with the collective objective of limiting global warming after 2020 to less than two degrees celsius. Initiatives to strengthen national adaptation plans and climate change financing schemes were agreed at the meeting. Outstanding differences, including the legal status of the Paris agreement and differentiated national responsibilities, however, remained unresolved.

12 December Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe swore into office a number of new cabinet members, following his announcement, on 9 December, that he had dismissed the Vice-President, Joice Mujuru, and seven other ministers, who were accused of plotting to assassinate him. Most notably, the hitherto Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was appointed First Vice-President, while retaining his original portfolio, and Phelekezela Mphoko became Second Vice-President and Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation.

8 December Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud issued a decree reorganizing the Government. Most notably, Suleiman ibn Abdullah Aba al-Khail was appointed as Minister of Awqaf, Dawa, Mosques and Guidance Affairs, and Muhammad ibn Ali al-Hayaza as Minister of Health. Abdullah Abd al-Rahman al-Muqbil joined the Government as Minister of Transport, while Khalid ibn Abdullah al-Sabti became Minister of Higher Education. The other reallocated portfolios included those of agriculture, communications and information technology, culture and information, and social affairs. In addition, Essam ibn Saad ibn Saeed was appointed as Minister of State.

8 December Taiwan

The new Premier Mao Chi-kuo and his cabinet were sworn in. Mao was appointed as the new Premier, following the resignation of the previous incumbent, Jiang Yi-huah, in response to the defeat of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party at local elections on 29 November. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as the Chairman of the KMT on 3 December to acknowledge responsibility for the electoral losses, which were widely regarded as a rejection of the KMT’s promotion of closer economic ties with the People’s Republic of China.

3 December Sweden

Members of the Sveriges Riksdag (Parliament) rejected budget proposals put forward by the governing coalition of the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the Green Party. The populist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats voted with the centre-right against the Government’s plans. The Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, whose administration had taken office only in October 2014, called for elections to be held in March 2015.

 


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