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Recent elections

Equatorial Guinea, 24 April 2016
Republic of Korea, 13 April 2016
Peru, 10 April 2016
Djibouti, 8 April 2016
Cabo Verde, 20 March 2016
Comoros, 21 February and 10 April 2016
Central African Republic, 14 February and 31 March 2016’

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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

29 April 2016 Iran

A second round of voting in elections to the 290-seat Islamic Consultative Assembly took place. Some 68 seats remained vacant following the first round on 26 February, owing to the failure of any single candidate in those constituencies to secure more than 25% of the votes cast. According to results published by the Ministry of the Interior on 30 April, candidates affiliated to an alliance of reformists, centrists and ‘moderate’ principlists that was broadly supportive of the policies of President Hassan Rouhani (referred to as the ‘List of Hope’) secured 38 seats, while conservative principlists won 18 seats and independents 12 seats. (Although, it was reported that the results for two seats were subsequently annulled.) Voter turnout was recorded at 59%. The results of the run-off polls ensured that the List of Hope had the largest representation in the new Assembly, winning around 118 seats in total. Conservative principlists were thought to have won 82 seats and independents 85. Five seats were reserved for candidates representing religious minorities. The new Assembly was due to be inaugurated on 27 May.

19 April 2016 Djibouti

The Constitutional Council released final results of the presidential election held on 8 April. According to these, incumbent President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh was decisively re-elected for a fourth term of office with 87.1% of the valid votes cast. His nearest challenger Omar Elmi Khaireh, representing the Union pour le Salut National, was attributed 7.3%, while Mohamed Daoud Chehem (of the Parti Djiboutien pour la Démocratie) took 1.8%. Some 69.0% of the eligible electorate participated in the ballot.

17 April 2016 Brazil

The Chamber of Deputies voted, by 367 to 137 votes, that President Dilma Rousseff should be impeached. Rousseff had been accused of manipulating government accounts in order to conceal an increasing fiscal deficit, in an attempt to assist her re-election campaign in 2014. If the Senate concurred with the lower house’s decision, Rousseff would step down from the presidency while the charges were investigated. The President was also facing vociferous discontent throughout the country at her Government’s involvement in widespread corruption over a number of years, particularly in the state-run petroleum company, Petrobras.

16 April 2016 Syria

The Higher Judicial Committee for Elections announced the results of parliamentary elections held on 13 April. Candidates belonging to the ruling National Progressive Front of President Bashar al-Assad secured 200 of the 250 seats available in the People’s Assembly. Voter turnout was recorded at 57.6%, although voting only took place in those parts of the country controlled by government forces, amid the ongoing civil conflict and partition of other parts of Syria between various opposition groups. Meanwhile, direct negotiations between a coalition of opposition groups and representatives of the Government over a peace agreement were taking place under United Nations auspices in Geneva, Switzerland. However, on 18 April the opposition High Negotiations Committee announced that it would suspend its participation in the talks, citing the Government’s insistence that President Assad remain in office under any transitional administration and alleged violations by government forces of an ongoing ceasefire agreement.

14 April 2016 Ukraine

The Supreme Council approved the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister and endorsed the formation of a new Government, led by the hitherto legislative Chairman, Volodymyr Hroisman, a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko. While most of the principal ministerial positions remained unchanged, the formation of a new administration had become necessary after the outgoing Government had lost the parliamentary support of three of its formerly constituent parties. The new adminstration comprised representatives of the Blok Petra Poroshenka (Petro Poroshenko Bloc), the Narodny Front (People's Front), independents, and presidential appointees.

13 April 2016 Republic of Korea

The ruling Saenuri Party of President Park Geun-Hye suffered an unexpected defeat in parliamentary elections, winning only 122 of the 300 seats in the National Assembly, losing its slim majority in the chamber. The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea won 123 seats, the People’s Party 38 and the Justice Party six, in an election dominated by concerns over the weakening economy. The result was likely further to hinder the already slow progress of President Park’s legislative agenda, which had been subject to persistent feuding and political deadlock in the previous legislative term. The next presidential election was scheduled for December 2017.

13 April 2016 Kyrgyzstan

The Supreme Council voted to endorse the nomination of Sooronbay Jeenbekov, a long-serving state official and former Governor of Osh Oblast, as Prime Minister. His predecessor, Temir Sariyev, had resigned two days earlier, after President Almazbek Atambayev had declined to accede to Sariyev’s request that he dismiss the Minister of Transport and Communications, Argynbek Malabayev, in connection with the discovery of allegedly corrupt practice in relation to a roads construction contract. Jeenbekov's Government was substantially unchanged from that it succeeded: Malabayev was one of three ministers to be replaced. Prior to the legislative vote to consider Jeenbekov’s candidacy as Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Supreme Council, his brother, Asilbek Jeenbekov (who had held that position since December 2011) announced his resignation.

11 April 2016 Central African Republic

A new government was appointed, following the inauguration of President Faustin Archange Touadéra on 30 March, thus concluding a two-year transitional period. Touadéra, who had served as Prime Minister prior to the ouster of President François Bozizé Yangouvonda in March 2013, had secured 62.7% of votes in a run-off presidential election held on 14 February 2016, defeating Anicet Georges Dologuélé. (The first round held on 30 December 2015 had been contested by 30 candidates.) Mathieu Simplice Sarandji, the head of Touadéra’s electoral campaign, was awarded the premiership and the Council of Ministers included former members of Bozizé’s administration, while three principal portfolios were awarded to presidential candidates who had supported Touadéra in the second round: Joseph Yakete receiving responsibility for defence, Jean-Serge Bokassa for the interior, and Charles-Armel Doubane for foreign affairs.

10 April 2016 Peru

In the first round of presidential elections, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former head of state Alberto Fujimori, won 39.8% of the valid votes, according to preliminary official results. Former finance minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, representing Peruanos por el Kambio, was second placed with 21.0%, while Verónika Mendoza of the Frente Amplio por Justicia, Vida y Libertad came third with 18.8% of the ballot. As no candidate garnered the 50% of the vote necessary to win outright, Fujimori and Kuczynski were to contest a run-off ballot on 5 June. Fujimori’s party, the right-wing Fuerza Popular, was expected to command a majority in the concurrent congressional elections.

7 April 2016 Iceland

Following several days of political turmoil, the Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, was replaced as premier by Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, hitherto Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. It had been revealed in leaked documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca that Gunnlaugsson’s wife held assets in an offshore company, Wintris Inc., based in the British Virgin Islands, and that Gunnlaugsson had at one stage been listed as co-owner, but had failed to declare this when he entered Parliament. Criticism centred on the fact that, although technically abiding by Icelandic law, Gunnlaugsson had failed to mention his personal interest with regard to assets held by Wintris in three Icelandic banks that collapsed during the financial crisis, when as head of government he had been involved in negotiating deals with the creditors of the banks.

 


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