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Recent elections

United Kingdom, 7 May 2015
Benin, 26 April 2015
Togo, 25 April 2015
Anguilla, 22 April 2015
Finland, 19 April 2015
Sudan (legislative), 13–16 April 2015
Sudan (presidential), 13–16 April 2015
Nigeria (legislative), 28–29 March 2015
Nigeria (presidential), 28–29 March 2015

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Argentina

Click for detailThe Argentine Republic occupies almost the whole of South America south of the Tropic of Capricorn and east of the Andes. Throughout the 20th century government generally alternated between military and civilian rule. The so-called ‘dirty war’ between the military regime and its opponents in 1976–83 ... (MORE)

Recent Events

18 May 2015 Burundi

President Pierre Nkurunziza effected a reorganization of the Government, replacing the ministers responsible for national defence, external relations, and trade and industry. The changes were reported to be unconnected to the attempted coup, led by a disaffected senior member of the military, Maj.-Gen. Godefroid Niyombareh, which took place on 13 May while Nkurunziza was attending a summit meeting of the East African Community in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The security situation in the country had deteriorated, with widespread protests occurring, after Nkurunziza announced his intention, in late April, to stand for a third presidential term in an election scheduled to be held on 26 June. Burundi’s Constitution stipulates that a president can only serve two terms; however, the Constitutional Court approved Nkurunziza’s candidature on 5 June ruling that he was eligible to contest the ballot as he had been elected for his first term by the members of the National Assembly, rather than by popular vote. Some 50,000 people were believed to have fled the country during the violence, with at least 20 people reported to have been killed.

16 May 2015 Guyana

David Granger, leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), was sworn in as President after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) released the final results of the general election of 11 May. According to GECOM, APNU and its coalition partner Alliance for Change won 207,200 votes, or 50.3% of the total valid votes, compared with the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/Civic), which won 202,694 votes, equivalent to 49.2% of the valid ballot. The results meant that APNU/Alliance for Change coalition would have 33 seats in the new National Assembly, a one-seat majority, while the PPC/Civic would control the remaining 32 seats. PPP/Civic leader and outgoing President Donald Ramotar refused to accept the validity of the results and demanded a recount, a request that was rejected by GECOM.

8 May 2015 Guatemala

The Vice-President Roxana Baldetti stepped down from office two days after the Supreme Court of Justice ruled that her immunity from prosecution could be lifted in order that Congress could investigate her role, if any, in customs fraud at the country’s tax agency. Baldetti’s private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzón Rojas, had fled the country in April after he was accused of organizing a bribery scheme at the government body. A total of 24 people have been arrested in connection with the scandal, including two former heads of the agency. Baldetti denied any knowledge or involvement in the corruption, but she had faced growing demands for her resignation.

7 May 2015 United Kingdom

The Conservatives unexpectedly won an outright majority in the House of Commons at the general election, securing 331 seats with 36.9% of the votes cast. The Liberal Democrats, members of the outgoing coalition Government, suffered major losses to secure just eight seats (down from 57 in 2010) with 7.9% of the vote; Nick Clegg immediately resigned as party leader. The Labour Party won 232 seats (down from 258 in 2010) with 30.5% of the vote and its leader, Ed Miliband, also stepped down. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), while winning 12.6% of the vote, secured only one seat; Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, failed to win the seat that he contested. Notably, the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured 56 of the 59 seats it contested in Scotland; the party previously held six seats in the House. David Cameron, the incumbent Prime Minister, formed a Conservative Government.

3 May 2015 Togo

The Constitutional Court confirmed the results of the presidential election, held on 25 April, according to which Faure Gnassingbé, head of state since 2005 and representing the ruling Union pour la République, won 58.8% of the valid votes cast. His closest rival was Jean-Pierre Fabre, the candidate of the Combat pour l’Alternance Politique en 2015, who received 35.2% of the votes, while Prof. Aimé Tchabouré Gogué of the Alliance des Démocrates pour le Développement Intégral took 4.0%. The reported rate of voter participation was 60.1%. Gnassingbé was sworn in for a third five-year term on 4 May.

29 April 2015 Saudi Arabia

King Salman ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud issued a decree appointing Prince Muhammad ibn Nayef Al Sa‘ud as Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister, in place of Prince Muqrin ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Sa‘ud. Prince Muhammad retained the post of Minister of the Interior. King Salman also promoted his son, Minister of Defence Prince Muhammad ibn Salman Al Sa‘ud, to Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister. A number of other cabinet posts were reorganized: most notably, Adel ibn Ahmad al-Jubeir joined the Government as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Khalid ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Faleh as Minister of Health

27 April 2015 Sudan

The National Election Commission released provisional results of the presidential election held on 13–16 April, according to which the incumbent Lt-Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir was re-elected with 94.1% of votes cast. None of the 15 other candidates secured more than 1.4% of the votes. The official participation rate was 46.4% of the electorate despite reports, confirmed by African Union observers, of extremely low turnout. The presidential election was held concurrently with polls to the National Assembly and to state legislative assemblies; al-Bashir’s National Congress Party secured 323 seats overall in the National Assembly (which was to comprise a total of 426 deputies), while the Democratic Unionist Party, led by Muhammad Osman al-Mirghani, won 25 seats and independent candidates took 19 seats. The European Union, the USA, the United Kingdom and Norway were all strenuous in their criticism of the electoral process. Al-Bashir’s inauguration for a further term in office was scheduled for 2 June.

25 April 2015 Nepal

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale occurred in Nepal, the most severe to strike the country in 80 years. With its epicentre in the central Gorkha district, the earthquake and a series of aftershocks affected at least 30 of Nepal’s 75 districts, mainly in western and central regions, causing widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure in the heavily populated Kathmandu Valley as well as in remote mountain villages. A major international relief effort was quickly launched, although there were severe difficulties in delivering aid to remote mountainous areas that had been rendered inaccessible by the earthquake and resulting avalanches. After two weeks the death toll was estimated at in excess of 8,000 people, with more than 16,000 people reported injured. As well as the major loss of life, extensive damage was reported at some of the country’s most important religious and cultural monuments, including the Durbar squares in the capital Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, which form part of the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO world heritage site. Subsequent relief and reconstruction efforts were severely hampered by ongoing, dangerous seismic activity—including a 7.3-magnitude tremor in eastern Nepal on 12 May and a continuing series of aftershocks.

 


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