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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Bleak Electoral Outlook In Africa (October 16 to 21, 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://cdn2.spiegel.de/images/image-1149759-640_panofree-trfm-1149759.jpg.

President of DR Congo Joseph Kabila (Credit: DER SPIEGEL).

October 16 to 21, 2017

While “an uninterrupted series of general elections took place in Central and East Africa” between June 2015 and August 2017, voters have grown increasingly sceptical of African leaders who remain in power, and especially those who have delayed elections or those who have quashed the opposition. In DR Congo, President Joseph Kabila has refused to hold long-overdue elections which were scheduled for December 2019, and his government has now delayed it to mid-2019. Angola has a new president, but the election – notwithstanding challenges of its validity – has instead been perceived as a transfer of power. And in Kenya, a second presidential election is scheduled, after the first was nullified by the Supreme Court, yet the main opposition presidential candidate has withdrawn from this second election.

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The Asia-Pacific


  • A new conservative leader, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to lead Austria. With immigration the dominant issue in the lead-up, his party is set to win more than 31 per cent of the vote in the country’s general election.
  • Voters in Catalonia, in a referendum, voted to secede from Spain. Catalonia is insisting upon this result, and now the Spanish government in an unprecedented move said “it would begin the process to impose direct rule on Catalonia“.
  • The European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom are moving to the next round of Brexit talks, though talks are at an impasse. The former said negotiations on future relations will not start, while the latter is now preparing for no-deal scenarios.
  • Hurricane Ophelia struck the Republic of Ireland, killing at least three people.
  • At least 30 people in Portugal and northern Spain have been killed by wildfires, fanned by strong winds from a hurricane.

The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump disavowed the Iran nuclear deal, after announcing that he would not certify Iran’s compliance.
  • The wildfires across northern California continue to claim lives, straining resources of firefighting and healthcare agencies.

Latin America

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