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The Weekly Global Roundup: Disruptions To The Political Status Quo In Brazil And Germany (October 29 to November 3, 2018)

As far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro emerged as Brazil’s president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would not seek another term as her country’s chancellor. In Brazil, Mr. Bolsonaro – who had won the first round of the presidential election earlier this month and who had been stabbed at a campaign event in September this year – was declared the winner of his country’s presidential election after winning more than 55 per cent of the vote. In Germany, where Miss Merkel’s coalition received the worst results since the Second World War in Bavaria’s regional elections last week and haemorrhaged support in the regional election of Hesse, the chancellor announced thereafter that she would not seek another term as chancellor. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disappearances In China, Tanzania, And Turkey (October 8 to 13, 2018)

The missing head of Interpol is held in China, Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped in Tanzania, and a prominent Saudi Arabian journalist is said to be murdered in Turkey. In China, the government confirmed that it was holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei – also a vice-minister of public security in the country – is under investigation for unspecified breaches of the law. In Tanzania, Africa’s youngest billionaire, entrepreneur and politician Mohammed Dewji, was kidnapped by gunmen. And in Turkey, prominent Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been critical of his country’s monarchy, went to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document so he could get married to his Turkish fiancée, but never emerged thereafter. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Africa Votes (August 7 to 12, 2017)

Africans went to the polls this week, in a mixture of presidential, legislative, and constitutional elections, yet in each instance there were doubts either over its validity or its outcome. Kenyans went to the polls to vote across the branches of government, yet fears over possible violence – especially following the torture and murder of a senior election official in the lead-up – and perhaps despite the pending outcome of the election, linger. Mauritanians abolished their Senate at the ballot box, yet there were claims of rigged votes and further worries over the 53.7 per cent turnout rate. Rwandans voted overwhelmingly to grant President Paul Kagame a third seven-year term, yet supposed irregularities and the absence of a credible opposition have concerned observers. And finally, South African President Jacob Zuma survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, yet he remains a deeply unpopular figure. Continue reading

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