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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: Trump’s Political And Geopolitical Challenges; An India-Pakistan Confrontation (February 25 to March 2, 2019)

As President Donald Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a joint agreement and his former longtime lawyer testified in front of a House committee, India and Pakistan engaged in one of their most dangerous confrontation since their 1971 war. In Vietnam, the meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim ended because of disagreements over international sanctions, as Mr. Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen described his former client as a “racist”, “con man”, and “cheat” before alleging Mr. Trump’s involvement in different controversies. And prompted by a suicide bombing in Kashmir – and further against the background of an upcoming election in April – the two nuclear-armed powers, India and Pakistan, had skirmishes over the air, air strikes, and downed fighter jets. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Elections In Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe (July 30 to August 4, 2018)

Elections were held in Cambodia, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe in the past week. In Cambodia, the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen regained power in a landslide, in an electoral process marked by a crackdown on the press and the disbanding of the country’s main opposition party. It was a “processional day at the ballot boxes” for the ruling party, though the high number of invalid votes would be of concern. In Pakistan, former cricket star Imran Khan is set to be the country’s next prime minister, after winning the national elections. The country has had 18 prime ministers since 1947, but “not one of them has served the entirety of their term”. And in Zimbabwe, the first general election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November last year saw a high voter turnout of 75 per cent. The ruling Zanu-PF party won a majority of parliamentary seats, with results of the presidential election due soon. Continue reading

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