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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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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

22 March 2017 United Kingdom

In an apparent terrorist incident, a car being driven over Westminster Bridge in London ploughed into several groups of people on the pavement, two of whom were killed and several seriously injured. After crashing the car into railings close to the Houses of Parliament, the driver attacked and killed a police officer on duty outside Parliament before being shot dead by armed police.

20 March 2017 Timor-Leste

A presidential election took place, contested by eight candidates, the country’s first election since the departure of United Nations peacekeepers in 2012. According to provisional results, the resistance fighter Francisco Guterres, the candidate of Fretilin and the National Congress for the Reconstruction of Timor-Leste, who was supported by fellow independence hero and erstwhile President and Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, won 57.1% of the votes cast, a clear majority, obviating the need for a second ballot. His closest rival was the Minister of Education, António da Conceição of the Democratic Party, who won 32.5% of the votes. Guterres was to be sworn in as President in May and parliamentary elections were scheduled for 8 July.

15 March 2017 Netherlands

At elections to the 150-seat Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber) the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD), the party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, secured 33 seats (eight fewer than at the September 2012 elections), while its coalition partner, the Partij van de Arbeid, lost 29 seats to secure just nine. Observers had regarded the election as an indicator of support for populist parties in Europe, and although Geert Wilders’ populist, anti-immigration and Eurosceptic party, the Partij voor de Vrijheid, increased its representation by five seats (to 20), this was a lower than expected result. The Christen Democratisch Appèl and Democraten 66 each won 19 seats. GroenLinks increased its representation from four seats to 14. The Socialistische Partij secured 14 seats, and two recently established parties, DENK and Forum voor Democratie, won representation for the first time, with three and two seats, respectively. A high turnout, of 81.9%, was recorded.

10 March 2017 Republic of Korea

President Park Geun-Hye was removed from office as the eight judges of the Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the parliamentary motion, passed on 9 December 2016, to impeach her following a corruption scandal. The court found that Park had permitted her confidante Choi Soon-Sil to interfere in state affairs and had colluded with her to pressure conglomerates into making donations to two non-profit foundations controlled by Choi. The ruling followed many mass protest rallies demanding Park’s removal and effectively lifted the immunity from prosecution that Park had enjoyed as President. A presidential election, which had to be held within 60 days, was expected to take place on 9 May 2017.

22 February 2017 Ecuador

Following a presidential election on 19 February, the Consejo Nacional Electoral announced that a second round ballot would be held after none of the candidates won more than 40% of the valid votes cast. Lenín Moreno, of the governing left-wing Alianza País came closest to winning, attracting 39.3% of the ballot (after 99.5% of the votes had been counted), followed by Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right Movimiento CREO, who won 28.1%. Cynthia Viteri of the Partido Social Cristiano, who was third-placed with 16.3% of the votes, declared her support for Lasso in the run-off vote between the two leading candidates, to be held on 2 April.

08 February 2017 Somalia

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected President of Somalia. A total of 21 candidates participated in the ballot, which was conducted on an electoral college basis with the 275 members of House of the People and the 54 members of the Upper House casting their votes under tight security at Mogadishu International Airport. Following the first round of voting, Mohamed, incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his predecessor, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, proceeded to a second round in which Mohamed secured 185 votes, Mohamud 97 votes and Sheikh Ahmed 45. Sheikh Ahmed was thus eliminated, and, although a two-thirds majority was constitutionally required to secure victory, Mohamud withdrew from the final round and conceded the presidency to Mohamed.

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.

 


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