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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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Recent elections

Luxembourg, 14 October 2018
Brazil, 7 October 2018
São Tomé e Príncipe, 7 October 2018
Latvia, 6 October 2018
Eswatini, 21 September 2018
Sweden, 9 September 2018
Rwanda, 2-4 September 2018
Zimbabwe, presidential, 30 July 2018
Zimbabwe, legislative, 30 July 2018

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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

16 October 2018 Ethiopia

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali announced the formation of a new Government, reducing the number of ministers from 28 to 20. Notable new appointments to the Council of Ministers (one-half of which was female) included Aisha Mohammed as the country’s first female Minister of Defence, and Ahmed Shide, hitherto Head of the Government Communication Office (which was abolished), as Minister of Finance. Dr Workneh Gebeyehu retained the foreign affairs portfolio, while the Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives, Muferihat Kamil, assumed repsonsibility for the newly created Ministry of Peace.

7 October 2018 Brazil

According to preliminary results from the Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, after 99.9% of the votes had been counted, Jair Bolsonaro of the right-wing Partido Social Liberal was the winner of the presidential election, garnering 46.0% of the valid votes, short of the 50% needed to avoid a second round ballot. Bolsonaro, who had spent the last few weeks of the electoral campaign in hospital after being stabbed at a rally in early September, advocated a strong response to rising crime in Brazil, including restoring the death penalty and relaxing gun ownership. He also pledged to defend so-called ‘family values’ and was vehemently anti-abortion. His closest rival, Fernando Haddad of the Partido dos Trabalhadores, attracted 29.3% of the vote, while Ciro Gomes of the centre-left Partido Democrático Trabalhista came third with 12.5% of the valid ballot. A run-off election between Bolsonaro and Haddad was scheduled for 28 October.

7 October 2018 Sao Tome and Principe

Legislative elections took place, at which, according to results released by the Comissão Eleitoral Nacional, the ruling Acção Democrática Independente retained its position as the largest party in the 55-seat National Assembly, taking 25 seats (compared with 33 at the 2014 elections), but failed to secure a parliamentary majority. The Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe—Partido Social Democrata increased its representation to 23 seats (compared with 16 in 2014), while a coalition of the Partido de Convergência Democrática, the Movimento Democrático Força da Mudança/Partido Liberal and the União dos Democratas para a Cidadania e Desenvolvimento won five seats. The rate of voter participation was officially recorded at 80.7% of the registered electorate. Negotiations regarding the formation of a governing coalition were ongoing.

23 September 2018 Maldives

At a presidential election, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party secured victory over the incumbent, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. According to final results published by the Elections Commission, published on 29 September, Solih won 58.4% of the valid votes cast, while Yameen took only 41.6%. Voter turnout was recorded at 89.2%. Solih was expected to be sworn in on 17 November, upon the expiry of Yameen’s term.

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.

 


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