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Angola, 23 August 2017
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Timor-Leste, 22 July 2017
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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

19 September 2017 Mexico

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 struck central Mexico, its epicentre in the state of Puebla, some 120 km south of the capital. According to initial reports, some 217 people were killed, including at least 21 children who died after their school in Mexico City collapsed. Many more people remained missing. Damage to buildings, power supplies and other infrastructure was extensive in the capital, as well as in the surrounding states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca. President Enrique Peña Nieto declared a state of emergency in the affected regions; troops were deployed to assist with relief efforts.

17 September 2017 Macao

At the elections to the Legislative Council 24 lists contested the 14 directly elective seats; turnout was high for the territory at 57.2%. Although the groupings supportive of Beijing, business and the gaming industry maintained their dominance of the legislature, candidates representing opposition groupings made gains, most notably the election of young pro-democracy activist Sulu Sou, who led the grouping the Associação de Macau Novo (bringing the number of pro-democracy members to four), and that of university professor Agnes Lam who was regarded as a centrist. The only other new directly elected member of the legislature was Leong Sun-iok of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. The 12 indirectly elective seats were all taken by pro-Beijing candidates: four by representatives of business interests; two by representatives of the professional sector; two by representatives of labour interests; two by representatives of the cultural and sports sectors; and two by representatives of the welfare and educational sectors. A further seven members of the Legislative Council were appointed by the Chief Executive.

17 September 2017 Peru

President Kuczyinski was forced to appoint a new cabinet, after the Government lost a confidence vote in Congress called by prime minister Fernando Zavala. Zavala had called the vote in response to opposition pressure to dismiss Minister of Education Marilú Martens over her handling of the ongoing teachers’ strike. Zavala was replaced as President of the Council of Ministers by Mercedes Aráoz, hitherto Second Vice-President, while Claudia Cooper took over the economy and finance portfolio. New ministers of education, health, justice and housing were also appointed.

15 September 2017 Timor-Leste

The new Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri was sworn in at the head of a minority Government comprising his party, the Frente Revolucionária do Timor Leste Independente (Fretilin), and the Partido Democrático (Democratic Party), which together controlled 30 of the 65 seats in the legislature. This followed long negotiations on the formation a new Government during which both the Partidu Libertasaun Popular (People’s Liberation Party) and Kmanek Haburas Unidade Nasional Timor Oan (KHUNTO) had both separately withdrawn from coalition negotiations. The former President José Ramos-Horta assumed the role of Minister of State and Counselor for National Security, while the former Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo took the position of Minister of State and Minister for Health.

14 September 2017 Iceland

The party Bright Future announced that it was leaving the coalition—which had only been in office since January 2017—citing breach of trust within the Government following revelations about the ‘honour restoration’ of a convicted paedophile under a letter of recommendation system. One letter had been provided by Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson’s father, and it was revealed that the Ministry of Justice and Benediktsson had known about the letter for several months without disclosing its provenance. Benediktsson tendered his resignation on 16 September and an early general election was called for 28 October, one year after the previous election to the Althingi.

14 September 2017 Singapore

Halimah Yacob was sworn in as the country’s first woman President. The election was reserved for Malay candidates under a constitutional amendment approved in November 2016, which stipulated that if no President had been elected from one of the three racial groups (Chinese, Malay, or Indian and other minority communities) for five consecutive terms, the next presidential election should be contested only by candidates from that particular group. Since Halimah Yacob was the only candidate to receive a certificate of eligibility from the Presidential Elections Committee she was declared to have been elected unopposed.

08 September 2017 Taiwan

Lai Ching-te (also known as William Lai), the popular former mayor of Tainan, was sworn in as the new Premier along with the members of the new Executive Yuan (cabinet). Lai invited most of the ministers who had served under his predecessor Lin Chuan, who had submitted his resignation on 3 September, to remain in position, including those responsible for the portfolios of mainland affairs, foreign affairs and defence. There was speculation that his appointment was designed to improve the standing of President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party ahead of local elections scheduled for 2018.

06–10 September 2017 The Caribbean

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded, left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. The category five hurricane first made landfall in Barbuda, where an estimated 90% of buildings were destroyed. Irma continued across the other Leeward islands, causing devastation in the French overseas departments of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, the British Overseas Territories of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. A state of emergency was declared in these last two US territories, while the UK Government announced £32m. in disaster relief for the British regions affected. The storm then moved onto other islands in the eastern Caribbean, including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas and Cuba, where evacuation and disaster management plans were implemented. At least 25 people were killed by the hurricane, but the full extent of the devastation in the region was not yet known.

 


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