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Rwanda, 4 August 2017
Senegal, 30 July 2017
Timor-Leste, 22 July 2017
Bermuda, 18 July 2017
Mongolia, 26 June and 7 July 2017
France, 11 and 18 June 2017
Kosovo, 11 June 2017
United Kingdom, 8 June 2017

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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

8 August 2017 South Africa

President Jacob Zuma survived a motion of no confidence in his administration. A total of eight opposition parties had, in April, united in an attempt to oust Zuma, who they maintained posed ‘a major threat to constitutionalism in South Africa’ and risked corrupting and ultimately collapsing the country. In May the United Democratic Movement had been successful in its application to the Constitutional Court that the ballot should be held in secret. The no confidence motion was defeated by 198 votes to 177, although the narrow margin of victory for Zuma indicated that a significant number of deputies from his ruling African National Congress Party had cast their ballots in favour of his removal from office.

6 August 2017 Rwanda

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced provisional results of the presidential election, held on 4 August, according to which Maj.-Gen. Paul Kagame, head of state since 2000 and representing the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front, was decisively re-elected, taking 98.8% of the votes cast. Only two other candidates had been permitted by the NEC to contest the election: Philippe Mpayimana, running as an independent, secured 0.7% of the vote; and Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party took 0.5%. Some 98.2% of the registered electorate participated in the poll. Following changes to the Rwandan Constitution adopted in 2015, Kagame was to serve a seven-year term, and was eligible for re-election upon its expiry for a further two five-year terms.

4 August 2017 Venezuela

The new National Constituent Assembly was sworn in. The Assembly, which had the power to rewrite the popular 1999 Constitution, was elected on 30 July and consisted of 545 members, all of them supporters of the Government of President Nicolás Maduro, after the opposition had boycotted the elections. Maduro claimed that almost 8.1m. people participated in the elections (equivalent to a 42% turnout), a figure that was disputed by the opposition, as well as by the company that organized the ballot. Maduro’s decision to establish the Assembly was condemned internationally and was widely interpreted as an attempt to consolidate his power in the face of an opposition-controlled parliament and worsening popular protests. Following the vote, the USA announced the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela. In its first session, the new Assembly voted to dismiss the Attorney-General Luisa Ortega Díaz, who was a vocal critic of the Government, and who had denounced the establishment of the new congress as a ‘coup’ against the Constitution.

2 August 2017 Papua New Guinea

Peter O’Neill of the People’s National Congress (PNC) was re-elected Prime Minister by 60 votes to 46 in Parliament, following an election held on 24 June–8 July that was marred by logistical problems, allegations of electoral fraud and omissions from the electoral roll that prevented thousands of the eligible electorate from casting their vote. The issues affecting the poll meant that only 106 of the 111 seats had been declared and many seats were disputed. O’Neill, whose PNC was supported by a coalition of eight smaller parties, appointed a seven-member caretaker Government on 3 August.

28 July 2017 Pakistan

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned, following a Supreme Court ruling that disqualified him from holding public office for life. Sharif had been under investigation by a panel comprising representatives of six state institutions since April 2017 over allegations of corruption and failing to declare financial holdings. The Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Ishaq Dar, was also disqualified from office as a result of similar allegations. In April 2016 leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm (widely known as the Panama Papers) revealed that Sharif’s three children were the ultimate beneficiaries of companies registered in the British Virgin Islands. Opposition parties subsequently demanded an inquiry into the personal finances of Sharif and his family, which began in November. In its July 2017 verdict, the Supreme Court recommended that a formal, criminal investigation be instituted into the financial dealings of Sharif and his children, and those of Dar.

25 July 2017 India

Ram Nath Kovind was sworn into office as the 14th President of India for a five-year term. Kovind, formerly the Governor of Bihar state and the candidate of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, had been elected to the presidency on 20 July by an electoral college of federal and state parliamentarians. He replaced Pranab Mukherjee, of the Indian National Congress, who had held office since 2012.

22 July 2017 Timor-Leste

At a parliamentary election contested by 21 parties the Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente (Fretilin) won 23 of the 65 seats, with the Congresso Nacional da Reconstrução de Timor-Leste (CNRT), led by the country’s first President Xanana Gusmão, coming a close second with 22 seats. The newly formed party of former President Taur Matan Ruak, the Partidu Libertasaun Popular (PLP), won eight seats, while the Partido Democrático (PD) won seven and another new party, the Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nacional Timor Oan (KHUNTO), won five seats. Fretilin and the CNRT, which had previously governed as a national unity Government, were expected to form another coalition.

19 July 2017 Turkey

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced a major reorganization of his Government. Recep Akdağ, Bekir Bozdağ, Hakan Çavuşoğlu and Fikri Işık were all appointed as Deputy Prime Ministers. Mehmet Şımşek retained that title, as the sole deputy premier in the outgoing administration to remain in post. Nurettin Canikli replaced Işık as Minister of National Defence, while Numan Kurtulmuş took responsibility as Minister of Culture and Tourism. Most notable among the other appointees were Abdülhamit Gül, who joined the Government as Minister of Justice, and Jülide Sarıeroğlu, who became Minister of Labour and Social Security. The food, agriculture and livestock, health, and youth and sports portfolios were also reallocated.

18 July 2017 Bermuda

The opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), led by David Burt, recorded a resounding victory in the general election, winning 24 of the House of Assembly’s 36 seats. The One Bermuda Alliance, in office since 2012, retained only 12 seats. Burt was sworn in as Premier the following day, as was a new PLP Government on 20 July.

 


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