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Recent Events

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 expected to be sworn in as Premier in the coming days, as was a new PLP Government.

16 July 2017 Venezuela

Almost 7.2m. voters participated in an unofficial referendum on the Government of President Nicolás Maduro, organized by the opposition. In the plebiscite, voters were asked whether they supported Maduro’s planned constituent assembly, elections to which were scheduled for 30 July, if they wished to maintain the current Constitution, and if a general election should be held. Almost 98% of those participating were against the proposed constituent assembly, which would rewrite the current charter, and supported the opposition’s call for an immediate general election. President Maduro declared the referendum to be illegal.

07 July 2017 Mongolia

Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party was elected President, winning 55.1% of the votes cast at the second round of the presidential election, having won the first round with 38.1% of the votes. Battulga defeated the parliamentary Speaker Miyegombo Enkhbold of the ruling Mongolian People’s Party, who won 44.9% of the votes cast in the second round. Enkhbold had won 30.3% of the votes in the first round, only narrowly defeating the third candidate, Sainkhuu Ganbaatar of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, who won 30.2%. Battulga was sworn in as President on 10 July.

21 June 2017 Saudi Arabia

Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud was elevated to Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister, while retaining the title of Minister of Defence. Prince Muhammad bin Salman replaced Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud, who was also removed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior. The latter portfolio was reallocated to Prince Abd al-Aziz bin Sa‘ud bin Nayef bin Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud.

18 June 2017 France

At the second round of legislative elections, President Emmanuel Macron’s recently established centrist movement, La République En Marche (REM), along with its ally Mouvement Démocrate (MoDem), secured an absolute majority of seats, with the REM winning 308 of the 577 seats in the legislature and 43.1% of the votes cast, and MoDem 42 seats with 6.1% of votes. The Union des Démocrates et Indépendants, a federation of centrist parties, won 18 seats. The established parties of the right and left suffered losses. Les Républicains, which as the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire had garnered 194 seats at the 2012 elections, secured 113 seats, while the Parti Socialiste, which had won 280 seats in 2012, was left with just 29 seats. Meanwhile, the left-wing La France Insoumise secured 17 seats and the Parti Communiste Français 10. The far-right Front National, whose candidate Marine Le Pen stood against Macron in the second round of presidential elections in May, won eight seats. Voter participation at the second round was low, at 42.6%.

11 June 2017 Puerto Rico

In a referendum on Puerto Rico’s constitutional status, nearly 97% of participating voters were in favour of the island becoming a state of the USA. However, turnout was just 23% and the results were non-binding. Any change in Puerto Rico’s status would have to be approved by the US Congress. The plebiscite had been called in early 2017 by the incoming Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, who declared the attainment of statehood to be a priority for his administration, particularly in light of the ongoing fiscal crisis on the island. Opposition parties had urged supporters to boycott the vote.

8 June 2017 United Kingdom

An early general election was held, called at the request of the Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, with the stated aim of confirming the Government’s mandate prior to the start of negotiations with the European Union on the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit. While the Conservative Party, with 318 seats and 42.4% of the votes cast, remained the largest party in the House of Commons, it failed to secure an overall majority, suffering a loss of 13 seats. The Labour Party increased its representation by 30 seats to 262 seats with 40.0% of votes. The Liberal Democrats secured 12 seats (an increase of four seats) and the Green Party held its one seat. Notably, the UK Independence Party secured 1.8% of votes (having garnered 12.6% at the 2015 general election) and no representation. In Scotland, the Scottish National Party lost 21 seats to secure 35, while in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) won 10 seats and Sinn Fein seven; the Social Democratic and Labour Party and the Ulster Unionist Party both lost their representation. May announced her intention to pursue discussions with the DUP in order to form a minority Conservative Government that would rely on DUP support in the House of Commons. Voter participation was registered at 68.7%.


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