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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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Ghana (legislative), 7 December 2016
Ghana (presidential), 7 December 2016
The Gambia, 1 December 2016

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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

07 February 2017 Haiti

Jovenel Moïse of the Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK) was sworn in as President. Moïse had won the delayed presidential ballot in the first round in November 2016, attracting 55.6% of the votes cast, albeit on a low turnout. The election itself had been rerun after the 2015 ballot, also won by Moïse, had been cancelled amid allegations of electoral fraud. The PHTK and allied parties would also enjoy a majority of seats in both houses of the legislature, according to preliminary results of elections held in 2016 and 2017, raising hopes of an end to the ongoing political crisis.

30 January 2017 Morocco/African Union

Morocco was admitted as a full member of the African Union (AU). During the AU’s 28th annual summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, some 39 of the 54 member states voted to approve Morocco’s application. Morocco had resigned its membership of the Organization of African Unity in 1984, following the admittance of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (also known as Western Sahara), which territory is claimed by Morocco. Meanwhile, earlier on 30 January the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé, was elected to a one-year term as Chairman of the AU.

21 January 2017 Mauritius

Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth announced his intention to resign from his position in order to enable his son, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development and the leader of the largest parliamentary party, to assume the premiership. On 23 January Pravind Jugnauth was duly sworn in as Prime Minister, retaining his existing portfolio and also assigning himself responsibility for home affairs, external communications and the National Development Unit. In the new 24-member Government announced later that day, Anerood Jugnauth became Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Minister for Rodrigues, while Ivan Leslie Colledavelloo was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities.

21 January 2017 The Gambia

Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa announced in a televised address that he would relinquish the presidency and leave the country. Jammeh had been defeated in a presidential election held on 1 December 2016 by Adama Barrow, and despite having initially publicly congratulated Barrow on his victory, subsequently attempted to remain in post by challenging the result and declaring a 90-day state of emergency. In mid-January 2017 a number of government officials, including the Vice-President, tendered their resignations, and on 19 January Barrow was sworn in as President in a ceremony held in neighbouring Senegal. Mediation efforts led by the Presidents of Guinea and Mauritania, combined with the threat of military intervention by members of the Economic Community of West African States, succeeded in securing the peaceful departure from The Gambia of Jammeh, who was expected to take up exile in Equatorial Guinea.

20 January 2017 The USA

Donald J. Trump, of the Republican Party, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the USA, in succession to the Democrat Barack Obama (upon the expiry of the latter’s second four-year term). Trump had secured 306 electoral college votes at the presidential election held on 8 November 2016, at which he took some 46.1% of the popular vote; the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, won 232 electoral college votes, and 48.1% of the popular vote.

19 January 2017 Bulgaria

Rumen Radev, a former air force commander, was sworn in as President. Radev had contested the presidential election, held in two rounds on 6 and 13 November 2016, as an independent candidate, with the support of the Balgarska sotsialisticheska partiya (BSP—Bulgarian Socialist Party). The Government of Prime Minister and Chairman of the centre-right Grazhdani za Evropeysko Razvitie na Balgariya (GERB—Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), Boyko Borisov, had collapsed in mid-November, following the defeat of the GERB presidential candidate, Tsetska Tsacheva. On 27 January 2017 Radev installed an interim Government under Ognian Gerdzhikov, and pre-term legislative elections were due to take place on 26 March.

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.

4 January 2017 Romania

A new Government, led by Sorin Grindeanu of the centre-left Partidul Social Democrat (PSD—Social Democrat Party), received legislative approval, following parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016, in which the PSD had emerged as the leading party. The PSD had been led by Liviu Dragnea since mid-2015, following the resignation of former Prime Minister Victor Ponta amid corruption allegations. The second-placed party in the elections was the Partidul Naţional Liberal (PNL—National Liberal Party), apparently reflecting a lack of popular support for the PNL-backed, non-party Government that had been in office since November 2015. The PSD’s partner in the newly appointed coalition Government was the smaller Partidul Alianţa Liberalilor şi Democraţilor (ALDE—Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Party), which was given four cabinet portfolios.

 


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