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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Electoral Developments In Africa (September 4 to 9, 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://www.africacradle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Uhuru-Kenyatta-1.jpg.

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.

September 4 to 9, 2017

Last week, in Angola – after 38 years – power was transferred from President José Eduardo dos Santo to defence minister and dos Santos ally João Lourenç, after the latter’s party won 61 per cent of the vote. This week, in Kenya, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and in this historic ruling ordered for a new vote to be held within 60 days. There are concerns, however, given that the court “failed to tell the public exactly what the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had done wrong“. And in Zimbabwe, where political and socio-economic problems persist, President Robert Mugabe is likely to again compete in the 2018 presidential elections, yet the First Lady Grace Mugabe has stirred up a political storm during a visit to South Africa.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • Community bank Wells Fargo – as a result of its high-pressure sales culture – used questionable sales tactics by secretly signing up customers for credit cards. There were 3.5 million of such accounts.
  • As the floodwaters brought in by Hurricane Harvey recede, there are new dangers – explosions at a damaged chemical plant and the mixture of chemicals, sewage, and debris across the cities – as the death toll rises too.
  • President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or the DACA programme, which protected about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Mr. Trump gave Congress a six-month deadline to pass a new legislation.

Latin America

  • It took two tries last year, in October and in November, for a historic peace deal to be signed in Colombia with former terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Now, the group has unveiled its new political party.
  • In Guatemala, there is a battle between the government of President Jimmy Morales and the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or the CICIG, a United Nations-backed body “that has been investigating corruption for more than a decade“. The scope of the latter’s investigations has widened, but the country’s next election is unlikely to bring about change.

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