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The Weekly Global Roundup: Africa Votes (August 7 to 12, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://venturesafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/139493194-97b362acf0c26af704fcaeb941dfa3576b8f61a4.jpg.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

August 7 to 12, 2017

Africans went to the polls this week, in a mixture of presidential, legislative, and constitutional elections, yet in each instance there were doubts over either its validity or its outcome. Kenyans went to the polls to vote across the branches of government, yet fears over possible violence – especially following the torture and murder of a senior election official in the lead-up – and perhaps despite the pending outcome of the election, linger. Mauritanians abolished their Senate at the ballot box, yet there were claims of rigged votes and further worries over the 53.7 per cent turnout rate. Rwandans voted overwhelmingly to grant President Paul Kagame a third seven-year term, yet supposed irregularities and the absence of a credible opposition have concerned observers. And finally, South African President Jacob Zuma survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, yet he remains a deeply unpopular figure.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

  • With the total number of homicides climbing quickly, 2017 is set to be “the deadliest yet” in Mexico, as a result of the drug war and the criminal justice system. In 2016, it was the second-deadliest country in the world.
  • Rank-and-file military officers in Venezuela are taking up arms against President Nicolás Maduro, in a country torn by economic and political strife, and after a controversial election on a new “constituent assembly” last week.
  • Two weeks after sanctions were announced against Mr. Maduro and his government officials, new sanctions were imposed by the United States, this time against members of the newly-installed “constituent assembly”.

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