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Recent elections

Sweden, 9 September 2018
Rwanda, 2-4 September 2018
Zimbabwe, presidential, 30 July 2018
Zimbabwe, legislative, 30 July 2018
Mali, 29 July and 12 August 2018
Cambodia, 29 July 2018
Pakistan, 25 July 2018
Mexico, 1 July 2018

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Recent Events

15 September 2018 Iraq

Mohammed al-Halbousi was elected as Speaker of the Council of Representatives (CoR). Al-Halbousi, who had served as Governor of Anbar Province until being sworn in as a member of the CoR in early September, received the support of 169 of the 329 legislators, while 89 deputies backed his closest rival, former Minister of Defence Khalid al-Obeidi. The appointment of al-Halbousi continued the convention that the role of Speaker be allocated to a Sunni Muslim. Discussions over the election of a President and the formation of a new government were ongoing.

15 September 2018 Haiti

The new Government, led by Prime Minister Jean Henri Céant, was approved by both houses of the legislature, as was Céant’s General Policy Statement. Céant had been appointed to the premiership by President Jovenel Moïse in August following the resignation of Jack Guy Lafontant and his Cabinet in the previous month after an increase in fuel prices had prompted violent protests.

9 September 2018 Sweden

At elections to the Riksdag (Parliament), the run-up to which had been dominated by debates surrounding migration issues, the parties of the governing coalition, Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Arbetareparti (SAP—Swedish Social Democratic Party) and Miljöpartiet de Gröna (MP—Green Party) made significant losses. The SAP secured 100 seats (a loss of 13 seats) and the MP 16 (a loss of nine). Vänsterpartiet (Left Party), which supported the centre-left coalition in the Riksdag, secured 28 seats (an increase of seven seats), thus the centre-left bloc won some 40.7% of the vote. The parties of the centre-right won some 40.3% of the vote: Moderata Samlingspartiet (Moderate Party) with 70 seats (a loss of 14), Centerpartiet (Centre Party) 31, Liberalerna (Liberals) 20 and Kristdemokraterna (Christian Democratic Party) 22. The far-right, anti-immigration Sverigedemokraterna (SD—Sweden Democrats) made gains, securing 62 seats (an increase of 13 seats) and 17.5% of the vote. As neither the centre-right nor centre-left blocs secured a majority in the Riksdag, and as both had previously refused to work with the SD, it appeared likely that lengthy negotiations towards a viable coalition would ensue.

24 August 2018 Australia

Scott Morrison was sworn in as the new Prime Minister at the head of the Liberal-National coalition, following his election as leader of the Liberal Party. The previous premier, Malcom Turnbull, was forced from office by the conservative wing of the Liberal Party led by the Minister of Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, who challenged him for the leadership twice in one week. Turnbull defeated Dutton by 48 votes to 35 in the first ballot but, following the tendered resignations of a significant number of cabinet members, declined to take part in the second. This was contested by Dutton, Morrison and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop. Morrison defeated Dutton by 45 votes to 40 in the run-off ballot, demonstrating the depth of division in the party. Josh Frydenberg was elected as deputy leader of the party and was sworn in as Treasurer.

20 August 2018 Pakistan

A new Cabinet took office, under Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as Prime Minister. It comprised members of the PTI, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan Muslim League—Quaid, the Awami Muslim League, the Balochistan Awami Party and the Grand Democratic Alliance. Among the most notable appointees were: Pervez Khattak, a former Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who took the defence portfolio; Asad Umer, who became Minister of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs; and Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, who was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. (All three were members of the PTI.) Mohammad Farogh Naseem of the MQM joined the Government as Minister of Law and Justice. The formation of a new Government followed the PTI’s victory at elections to the National Assembly on 25 July. Of that chamber's 342 seats, the PTI secured 158. The Pakistan Muslim League—Nawaz, which had formed the Government in 2013–18, took 96 seats.

16 August 2018 Mali

Provisional results of the second round of the presidential election (held on 12 August) declared by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization indicated that the incumbent, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, had been re-elected to serve a second, five-year term. Keïta secured 67.2% of the valid votes cast, thus comprehensively defeating his opponent, Soumaïla Cissé; however, voter turnout was recorded at just 34.5%. In the first round of voting, which took place on 29 July, Keïta took 41.6% of the valid votes cast, while Cissé won 17.7%. None of the other 22 candidates secured more than 8.0% of the votes; the rate of voter participation was 42.7%.

9 August 2018 Bhutan

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and his Government resigned from office, following the dissolution of the National Assembly on 1 August. This development took place in advance of legislative elections due in late 2018. Later on 9 August King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck appointed an interim administration, led by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Tshering Wangchuk, to take charge of the country pending the outcome of the elections.

2 August 2018 Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) announced the results of the presidential election held on 30 July, according to which the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, representing the Zimbabwe African National Union—Patriotic Front (ZANU—PF) was re-elected with 51.5% of the valid votes cast, thus obviating the need for a second round of voting. His closest rival, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDCA), took 45.0%. None of the 21 other candidates secured more than 1.0% of the valid votes cast. The announcement of the results, which had been subject to a number of delays, was preceded by violent protests in the capital, Harare, in which six people were reported to have been killed. Chamisa maintained that the ZEC had released ‘unverified fake results’, while the European Union Election Observation Mission was critical of the ‘un-level playing field and intimidation of voters’ that it had witnessed. The final results of the concurrently held legislative elections indicated that ZANU—PF had secured 145 of the 210 seats in the National Assembly, while the MDCA took 63.


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