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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Elections In Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe (July 30 to August 4, 2018)

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 https://assets.change.org/photos/7/qb/vc/UzQbVCPJDcmDaBo-1600x900-noPad.jpg?1520444109.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

July 30 to August 4, 2018

Elections were held in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe in the past week. In Cambodia, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen regained power in a landslide, in an electoral process marked by a crackdown on the press and the disbanding of the country’s main opposition party. It was a “processional day at the ballot boxes” for the ruling party, though the high number of invalid votes would be of concern. In Pakistan, former cricket star Imran Khan is set to be the country’s next prime minister, after winning the national elections. The country has had 18 prime ministers since 1947, but “not one of them has served the entirety of their term”. And in Zimbabwe, the first general election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year saw a high voter turnout of 75 per cent. The ruling Zanu-PF party won a majority of parliamentary seats, with results of the presidential election due soon.

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Africa

  • The African Union’s Continental Free Trade Area, or AfCFTA, is set to be the largest trade zone in the world, though the countries of Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, and Nigeria have yet to make any commitments.
  • In Zimbabwe, the first general election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year saw a high voter turnout of 75 per cent. The ruling Zanu-PF party won a majority of parliamentary seats, with results of the presidential election due soon.
  • There are suspicions, however, among the protesting opposition that the electoral commission will rig the votes. Later in the week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa – with 51 per cent of the vote – was declared the winner of the presidential election. Leaders of the opposition party said they would not accept the results.

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • Deaths and shootings: In California, wildfires which started from last week has killed at least eight people. In Michigan, five children from the same family died when a fire broke out at a hotel. In New Orleans, at least three people were killed in a shooting. And in Texas, two shootings in a nursing home and in a nearby residence left five people dead.
  • Apple became the first American company worth more than one trillion dollars (S$1.37 trillion).

Latin America

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