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The Weekly Global Roundup: Presidential Developments In Latin America (May 28 to June 2, 2018)

There were presidential developments in Colombia and Venezuela in the past weeks. In Colombia, the presidential race is headed to a June run-off between conservative candidate Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro, and the 2016 peace agreement with former terror group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is a key issue. In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro may have won a second term last week, but his poverty-stricken country is compelling people to move out of the country. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: An Electoral Earthquake In Malaysia, And Elections Around The World (May 7 to 12, 2018)

In a stunning electoral victory in Malaysia, former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad defeated scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak to become the world’s oldest leader. Dr. Mahathir was later sworn in as the country’s prime minister, 15 years after he stood down. New leaders were also elected in Armenia, Lebanon, and Tunisia. In Armenia, following weeks of street protests and political uncertainty, the country’s parliament elected a former journalist as the next prime minister. Long overdue elections were held in Lebanon (in almost a decade) and Tunisia (since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011), though in both countries voter turnout were low. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Fallout From The Independence Referendums (October 30 to November 4, 2017)

Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan, in their respective referendums, voted for independence, yet leaders of these independence movements are now dealing with the fallout. In Catalonia, the Spanish government – after the Senate approved these emergency measures – has moved to impose direct rule, and thereafter announced new elections. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont dispelled rumours that he was seeking asylum in Belgium, and “vowed to accept [the] snap elections called by Spain’s central government”. Elections, however, are “unlikely to put an end to Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades”. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the declaration of independence which followed its referendum triggered a military response by the Iraqi government, and the longtime president of the region Masoud Barzani has resigned. Continue reading

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