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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: The News From China And Hong Kong (April 22 to 27, 2019)

In the same week China organised the second Belt and Road Forum, the sentencing of four Occupy leaders in Hong Kong marked the end of years of prosecutions and tens of thousands protested against a government plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. In China: A lift crash left 11 people dead, the government formally arrested the former head of Interpol Meng Hongwei, and the Belt and Road Forum drew representatives from over 150 countries. And in Hong Kong, four of nine Occupy leaders were sentenced up to 16 months for their involvement in the 2014 Umbrella Movement, and an extradition proposal sparked one of the biggest protests in recent years. 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

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