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Israel, 17 March 2015
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Lesotho, 28 February 2015
St Kitts and Nevis, 16 February 2015
Comoros, 25 January 2015 and 22 February 2015
Greece, 25 January 2015
Zambia, 20 January 2015
Croatia, 28 December 2014 and 11 January 2015

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Recent Events

21 March 2015 Namibia

Dr Hage Geingob was sworn in as President, replacing Hifikepunye Pohamba. Geingob, representing the ruling South West Africa People’s Organisation of Namibia, had won 86.7% of the votes cast in the presidential election held on 28 November 2014. Following his inauguration, Geingob appointed a new Cabinet in which Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the Minister of Finance in the outgoing Government, assumed the premiership, while Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation.

17 March 2015 Israel

Elections to the Knesset took place. According to final results published on 25 March by the Central Elections Committee, the Likud party of outgoing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu became the largest group in the legislature, with 30 seats and 23.4% of the valid votes cast. The centre-left Zionist Union, which comprised the Labour Party and Hatnua, secured 24 seats (18.7% of the vote). The Joint List—an alliance of Arab Israeli parties—took 13 seats (10.6%), while two centrist parties, Yesh Atid and Kulanu, garnered 11 seats (8.8%) and 10 seats (7.5%), respectively. A further five parties exceeded the 3.25% threshold for representation: Jewish Home (eight seats, 6.7%); Shas (seven seats, 5.7%), Israel Beytenu (six seats, 5.1%), United Torah Judaism (six seats, 5.0%) and Meretz (five seats, 3.9%). Voter turnout was recorded at 72.4%.

5 March 2015 Egypt

President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi effected a reorganization of the Government. Most notably, Gen. Magdy Abd al-Ghafar replaced Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Ibrahim as Minister of the Interior. The Ministry of Health and Population was divided: Hala Youssef joined the Government in the new post of Minister of Population, while responsibility for the health portfolio was retained by Adel al-Adawi. A new Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training was created: Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Yousef took the post of Minister. Salah al-Din Mahmoud became Minister of Agriculture and Land Cultivation, and Mohib Mahmoud Kamel al-Refai Minister of Education. New Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, Culture, and Tourism were also appointed.

1 March 2015 Uruguay

Tabaré Vázquez was inaugurated for a five-year term as President. Vázquez, of the left-wing Frente Amplio, had been elected in October 2014 with almost 48% of the votes cast. He succeeded the popular José Mujica, also of the Frente Amplio, as head of state. Vázquez had previously served as President in 2005–10.

27 February 2015 Comoros

The Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante announced provisional results of the legislative elections held over two rounds on 25 January and 22 February. According to these, the Union pour le Développement des Comores secured eight of the 24 elective seats, while the Juwa party took seven and the Convention pour le Renouveau des Comores and the Rassemblement Démocratique des Comores each won two seats. Some 71.1% of the eligible electorate participated in the first round, and voter turnout in the second round was about 73.1%.

24 February 2015 Greece

Eurozone ministers of finance approved a number of economic reforms proposed by the Synaspismos Rizospastikis Aristeras (SYRIZA—the Coalition of the Radical Left)-led Government, in fulfilment of a pre-condition for the agreement of a four-month extension of the country’s funding arrangements. The extension required the assent of a number of national parliaments and, significantly, was approved by the German legislature three days later. The negotiations with the so-called Eurogroup ministers followed parliamentary elections in Greece on 25 January, at which SYRIZA had secured 149 seats (two seats fewer than the 151 seats required to secure an overall majority) in the 300-seat Vouli (Parliament), compared with the 76 seats secured by the centre-right Nea Demokratia (ND—New Democracy), led by the hitherto Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras. Strong opposition from within the eurozone, and fears that Greece might be compelled to abandon the euro, had led the coalition Government of the SYRIZA leader and new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, to dilute its pledges to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s lending agreements.

18 February 2015 Moldova

After prolonged negotiations, Parlamentul (Parliamentl) voted to confirm the appointment of a minority coalition Government known as the Alianţa Politică pentru Moldova Europeană (Political Alliance for a European Moldova), comprising members of the Partidul Liberal Democrat din Moldova (PLDM—Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova) and the┬áPartidul Democrat din Moldova (Democratic Party of Moldova). As, following elections held on 30 November 2014, the two parties held only 42 of the 101 legislative seats, the coalition would also require the support of the Partidul Comuniştilor din Republica Moldova (Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova), which had 21 deputies and was notably less sympathetic to Moldova’s participation in European integration than the coalition parties. Attempts to incorporate another pro-European party, the Partidul Liberal (Liberal Party), into the coalition had proved unsuccessful. The new Prime Minister was Chiril Gaburici of the PLDM, who succeeded Iurie Leancă of the same party, while several ministers in the outgoing Government (which had also included members of the Partidul Liberal Reformator—Liberal Reformist Party) retained their existing posts.

16 February 2015 Timor-Leste

A new unity Government was sworn in, following the resignation as Prime Minister on 6 February of the independence hero Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, who had served as the country’s first President from 2002-07. The new premier, Rui Maria de Araújo, a member of the opposition Fretilin party, had been nominated by the governing party as part of an inclusive restructuring of the Government aimed at promoting stability in the country. Xanana Gusmão took the role of Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment in the new administration.

16 February 2015 Republic of Korea

The National Assembly approved the appointment of Lee Wan-Koo as Prime Minister by 148 votes to 128. He was sworn in the following day. The previous Prime Minister, Chung Hong-Won, had offered his resignation in April 2014 to take responsibility for the sinking of a ferry in which 304 people died. However, he had remained in his post as President Park Geun-Hye’s previous two nominees for Prime Minister were forced to withdraw amid controversy. Lee Wan-Koo announced that his priority as premier would be to revive the economy.


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