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Recent Events

19 October 2017 New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern, who only assumed the leadership of the Labour Party in August, was named as Prime Minister-elect following two weeks of negotiations between all the major parties. Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand First, which had held the balance of power following an inconclusive election on 23 September, announced that his party would form a coalition Government with the Labour Party, bringing an end to three terms of government by the National Party, which had narrowly won the largest number of seats in the legislature. The minority administration would rely on a confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party. New Zealand First would be allocated four cabinet roles.

18-19 October 2017 Mongolia

The members of the Cabinet of the new Prime Minister, Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, were confirmed by the State Great Khural (legislature). Khurelsukh replaced outgoing Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat on 4 October, following the latter’s removal from office on 7 September 2017 in a parliamentary vote instigated by members of his own party, the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), amid allegations of corruption and incompetence and following the party’s defeat in the presidential election in July.

15 October 2017 Austria

At elections to the Nationalrat (National Council), the Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP—Austrian People’s Party) secured the largest number of seats (62, an increase of 15 seats compared with the previous general election in 2013), according to preliminary results, while the party’s erstwhile ‘grand coalition’ partner, the Sozialistische Partei Österreichs (Socialist Party of Austria), took 52 seats (the same as in 2013). The far-right, populist Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (Freedom Party of Austria) increased its tally by 11 seats, to 51. The liberal Das Neue Österreich (NEOS—the New Austria) entered the legislature with 10 seats, while new environmentalist grouping Liste Peter Pilz won eight. The Greens, which had previously held 24 seats in the Nationalrat, lost all representation. It was expected that discussions would commence on the formation of a coalition under Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the ÖVP.

15 October 2017 Kyrgyzstan

Soronbay Jeenbekov, who had resigned as Prime Minister in August in order to contest the presidential election as the candidate of the Kyrgyzstandyn Sotsial-Demokratiyalyk Partiyasy (KSDP—Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan), was elected president in the first round of polling, receiving 54.81% of the votes cast, according to provisional figures. He was due to be inaugurated on 1 December, succeeding Almazbek Atambayev, also of the KSDP, who was not permitted by the Constitution to seek a second term of office. The second placed candidate, with 33.74% of the vote, was Omurbek Babanov, another former Prime minister, and a Co-Chairman of the Respublika–Ata Jurt Sayasiy Partiyasy (Repubic–Homeland Political Party). The inauguration of Jeenbekov would represent the first change of power in a post-Soviet state in Central Asia that was not the result of the death or overthrow of an incumbent President. The rate of participation was relatively low, at 55.93% of the electorate.

01 October 2017 Spain

In Catalonia a referendum on independence from Spain, scheduled by the regional authorities, went ahead, despite having been deemed unlawful by the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court. Officials in Catalonia estimated that 90% of those voting—some 2.3m. people out of a total of 5.3m. registered voters in the region—were in favour of independence. Police armed with rubber bullets blocked access to a number of polling stations and confiscated ballot boxes. In clashes between police and protesters more than 800 people were reported to have been injured.

19-25 September 2017 United Nations

Representatives of 196 countries addressed the general debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, which was convened, in New York, on the theme Focusing on People&emdash;Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet. In a sideline event, on 20 September, a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was opened for signature. This aimed to ban the development, testing, production, acquisition and stockpiling of nuclear weaponry and other explosive devices, and had been adopted in July by 122 states; it required ratification by 50 countries to enter into force.

24 September 2017 Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel of the centre-right Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands/Christlich-Soziale Union (CDU/CSU) secured a fourth term as premier, according to preliminary federal election results. However, both the CDU/CSU and the centre-left Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) suffered major losses. The CDU/CSU secured 246 seats in the Bundestag, a loss of 65 seats compared with the previous elections in 2013, while the SPD won 153 seats (a loss of 40 seats). The right-wing, anti-immigrant, nationalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which had not previously held seats in the Bundestag, obtained 94 seats, while the Freie Demokratische Partei re-entered the legislature, winning 80 seats. The left-wing Die Linke obtained 69 seats and environmentalist Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 67. A turnout of 76.2% was recorded. Following the SPD’s announcement that it would not continue the ‘grand coalition’ with the CDU/CSU, and the refusal of mainstream parties to work with the AfD, Chancellor Merkel was expected to begin talks with other parties to discuss a new coalition agreement.

18-21 September 2017 The Caribbean

Hurricane Maria devastated parts of the eastern Caribbean. The category five Atlantic storm made landfall in Dominica; buildings, roads and other infrastructure on parts of the island were completely destroyed. At least 15 people were killed on Dominica, with a further 20 people still missing. After passing over Guadeloupe and the British and US Virgin Islands, which were still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks earlier, Maria then moved over Puerto Rico, where winds of up to 140 mph (225 km/h) cut electricity supplies to the entire US territory, as well as causing flooding and widespread damage to buildings.


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