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Recent elections

Cyprus, 4 February 2018
Monaco, 11 February 2018
Costa Rica, 4 February 2018
Finland, 28 January 2018
Czech Republic, 12 and 13 January 2018 (first round); 26 and 27 January 2018 (second round)
Nepal, 26 November and 7 December 2017
Honduras, 26 November 2017

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Recent Events

04 February 2018 Costa Rica

According to provisional results from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, there was no outright winner of the presidential election. The leading candidate, Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz of the right-wing Restauración Nacional, won 24.9% of the valid vote, ahead of Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the governing centre-left Partido Acción Ciudadana, who garnered 21.7% of the ballot. Support for Alvarado Muñoz, an evangelical preacher who opposed gay marriage, had increased in the weeks before the election after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriage should be made legal in Costa Rica. As no candidate won more than 40% of the vote, a run-off ballot was to be held between the two leading contenders on 1 April.

29 January 2018 Romania

A new Government led by Vasilica-Viorica Dăncilă of the Partidul Social Democrat (PSD—Social Democratic Party) was sworn in. Dăncilă thereby became the country’s first female premier. The Prime Minister of the governing coalition since June 2017, Mihai Tudose of the PSD, had announced his resignation earlier in the month, amid tensions with PSD Chairman and Chairman of the lower parliamentary chamber, Liviu Dragnea (who was unable to seek the premiership owing to a fraud conviction).

28 January 2018 Finland

At a presidential election the incumbent President, Sauli Niinistö, running as an independent (although formerly of the centre-right National Coalition Party), was re-elected with 62.7% of the valid votes cast, without the need for a run-off poll. Niinistö’s closest rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party, secured just 12.4% of the vote. The candidate of the populist, far-right Finns Party won 6.9%, while another independent took 6.2% of the vote. Total voter participation was recorded at 66.7%.

26–27 January 2018 Czech Republic

After a second round of presidential voting, the incumbent President, Miloš Zeman, was re-elected, with 51.4% of the votes cast, defeating Jiří Drahoš, a former Chairman of the Czech Academy of Sciences, who received 48.6%. The rate of participation by the electorate was recorded at 66.6%. Meanwhile, in December 2017 Andrej Babiš, whose ANO (YES) had been the leading party in the legislative elections held in October, had become Prime Minister, despite controversy regarding ongoing corruption allegations against him. His new, minority Government, comprising members of ANO and independents, took office in December. However, Babiš announced his Government’s resignation on 24 January 2018, after a parliamentary vote of confidence in the new administration on 16 January failed to secure support for his cabinet.

22 January 2018 Liberia

George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change was sworn in as President. Weah had been the victor at the second round of the presidential ballot, held on 26 December 2017, securing 61.5% of the valid votes cast and defeating the incumbent Vice-President Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the Unity Party (UP). The run-off had been significantly delayed after legal challenges were instigated by both the UP and the Liberty Party, whose candidate, Charles Walker Brumskine, was placed third in the first round (which took place on 10 October). The UP also accused the outgoing President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (of the UP), of interference in the declaration of the results of the first round, at which Weah won 38.4% of the votes cast while Boakai took 28.8%. However, the cases were dismissed by the Supreme Court. Voter turnout was recorded at 75.2% in the first round, and at 55.8% in the run-off.

29 December 2017 Mali

The Prime Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga announced his resignation and that of the Council of Ministers. On the following day Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga (formerly Secretary-General of the Presidency) was appointed to the premiership and formed a new, 36-member Government, which included six new ministers. The majority of the key portfolios remained unchanged; however, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Abdoulaye Diop, was replaced by Tiéman Hubert Coulibaly, hitherto the Minister of Territorial Administration. Boubèye Maïga was the fifth Prime Minister appointed by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta since he took office in September 2013.

18 December 2017 Austria

A new Government was sworn in, comprising the Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP—Austrian People’s Party)—whose leader, Sebastian Kurz, took office as Chancellor—and the far-right, populist Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ—Freedom Party of Austria), following negotiations after elections to the Nationalrat (National Council) held on 15 October. Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the FPÖ, became Vice-Chancellor.

17 December 2017 Chile

Sebastián Piñera of the centre-right Chile Vamos alliance secured victory in the second round of the presidential election. Piñera, who had held the presidency in 2010–14, attracted 54.57% of the valid votes cast. He defeated Alejandro Guillier, an independent allied to the Convergencia Democrática (a regrouping of the ruling left-wing Nueva Mayoría coalition), who won 45.43% of the vote. Piñera performed better than expected, as Guillier had received the endorsement of another left-wing candidate, Beatriz Sánchez, who had come third in the first round ballot held in November. The new President was scheduled to take office in March 2018.

 


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