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The Weekly Global Roundup: Rising Tensions In Iran (June 17 to 22, 2019)

Despite recent bids to save the 2015 nuclear accord – which the United States withdrew from last year – Iran said it plans to exceed limits on its stockpile of enriched uranium next week. Iran then shot down an American military drone, and reports also emerged that the United States had called for a retaliatory military strike before it was called off by President Donald Trump at the last minute. Continue reading

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: Electoral And Political Surprises In Algeria, Turkey, And Ukraine (April 1 to 6, 2019)

There were electoral and political surprises in Algeria, Turkey, and Ukraine, as long-term leaders witnessed challenges to their tenure. In Algeria, despite announcing that he will not seek a fifth term, having named a new government, and saying that he would step down by the end of his term, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down as protests persisted. In Turkey, party candidates of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lost in mayoral races in Ankara (the capital and political centre) and Istanbul (the country’s biggest city), even though the Justice and Development party claimed an overall victory in local elections. And in Ukraine, a comedian with no political experience advanced to a runoff in the country’s presidential election, defeating a field of political elites. Continue reading

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