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The Weekly Global Roundup: Narrow Election Victories In Panama, South Africa, And Thailand (May 6 to 11, 2019)

In Panama, centre-left candidate Laurentino Cortizo beat his centre-right rival by two percentage points, in South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to retain power, albeit in his party’s worst electoral showing in 25 years, and in Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is likely to retain his position with a slim majority. The results in Panama and Thailand have also been contested respectively for reports of voting irregularities and for a controversial formula for apportioning parliamentary seats. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Deaths, Violence, And Political Uncertainty In Brazil (April 8 to 13, 2019)

The past week in Brazil was marked by deaths and violence as well as political uncertainty surrounding President Jair Bolsonaro. The collapse of two buildings, following heavy rain and flash floods causing heavy runoff, killed at least two people, while army personnel who mistook a car as belonging to robbers killed one when they opened fire on a family driving to a baby shower. Over the collapse of a mine-waste dam in January, prosecutors plan to file criminal charges against mining giant Vale and its employees. And since his electoral victory last year, Mr. Bolsonaro has been embroiled in multiple controversies with few policies to show for, resulting in a disappointing approval rating of just 34 per cent (compared to his winning vote proportion of over 55 per cent). Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: A House (Still) Divided, In The Aftermath Of The Mueller Investigation (March 18 to 23, 2019)

Special counsel Robert Mueller, after nearly two years of investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, completed his investigation. Attorney General William Barr announced the submission of the confidential report, and Mr. Barr’s key summaries of the report include: No evidence of conspiracy, no more recommendations of indictment, and that while Mr. Mueller “does not conclude” that President Donald Trump committed a crime, he “does not exonerate him” either. “Everybody is losing but feels like they’re winning”, as some are disappointed that Mr. Trump was not charged with a crime, while others notch this as a Trump victory. Continue reading

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