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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

26 June 2016 Spain

At a general election held just six months after the inconclusive elections of December 2015 (following which no viable Government could be formed), the Partido Popular (People’s Party) again emerged as the largest party in the Congress of Deputies, with 137 seats, but again without securing an overall majority. The Partido Socialista Obrero Español (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party) won 85 seats, while Unidos Podemos (a coalition of Podemos and other left-wing parties) and partners secured 71 seats and Ciudadanos (Citizens) won 32 seats. The acting Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced that he would attempt to put together a coalition Government within a month.

23 June 2016 United Kingdom

A referendum was held on the United Kingdom’s continuing membership of the European Union (EU), which the UK joined in 1973. Voters were asked whether they wished the UK to remain a member of the EU or to leave the organization: 51.9% supported an EU exit, while 48.1% backed remaining. The results, however, highlighted deep divisions within the UK, as 62.0% of voters in Scotland, 55.8% of voters in Northern Ireland and 95.9% of voters in Gibraltar backed staying in the EU, as did those in some of the major cities in England, including Liverpool, Manchester and London. Turnout was registered at 72.2%. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, immediately announced that he would step down by October.

20 June 2016 Afghanistan

Members of the Wolesi Jirga approved the Government’s nominees for the posts of Minister of Defence and Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Gen. Abdullah Khan Habibi and Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai. Habibi and Stanekzai had hitherto held their respective posts on an acting basis, owing to the failure of the lower house to approve previous nominees. The defence portfolio had been vacant since the establishment of the national unity Government in January 2015, while the directorship of the NDS had remained unfilled since the resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil in December. It was reported that an escalation of the conflict between Government forces and the Taliban, as well as a forthcoming summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan, had expedited the permanent appointments.

09 June 2016 Peru

Peru’s electoral commission, the Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales, declared Pedro Pablo Kuczynski the winner of the closely-fought second-round presidential election of 5 June. Kuczynski won 50.12% of the valid votes cast, just ahead of his rival Keiko Sofía Fujimori Higuchi of the Fuerza Popular, who garnered 49.88% of the valid ballot. Kuczynski was scheduled to take office at the end of July. However, he faced obstacles to his legislative agenda: his party, Peruanos por el Kambio, had won only 18 of the 130 seats in the April congressional elections, compared to the Fuerza Popular, which enjoyed a majority, with 73 seats.

06 June 2016 Saint Lucia

The opposition United Workers’ Party (UWP) emerged victorious from the general election of 6 June, winning 11 of the 17 seats in the House of Assembly. The ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), under outgoing Prime Minister Kenny Anthony, won the remaining six seats. Anthony immediately announced his resignation as SLP leader. The leader of the UWP, Allan Chastanet, was sworn in as premier the following day.

06 June 2016 Uganda

Yoweri Museveni, who had been re-elected to the presidency in February, announced the appointment of a new Cabinet. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was retained as Prime Minister and Matia Kasaija remained Minister of Finance and Economic Planning; however, wide-ranging changes were effected with the ministers responsible for defence, internal affairs, public service, tourism and agriculture among those replaced. The President’s wife, Janet Kataaha Museveni, Minister for Karamoja Affairs in the previous Government, was appointed Minister of Education and Sports.

01 June 2016 Jordan

A new Cabinet was sworn into office by King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein. Hani Mulki was appointed as Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, in place of Abdullah Ensour. The outgoing Ministers of Finance and of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs were reappointed. Most notable among the 17 new appointees were Salameh Hammad, who regained the post of Minister of the Interior that he had held until mid-April 2016, and Jawad Ahmad Anani, who became Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply. These developments followed the dissolution of the House of Representatives by King Abdullah on 29 May and the constitutionally-required resignation of Ensour’s administration. Early elections were subsequently scheduled for 20 September.

24 May 2016 Turkey

A new Council of Ministers was sworn in by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Binali Yıldırım was appointed as Prime Minister in place of Ahmet Davutoğlu, whom he had replaced as Chairman of the ruling Adalet ve Kalkınima Partisi (AKP—Justice and Development Party) on 22 May 2016. The Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs and Justice in the outgoing administration all remained in post, while three of Davutoğlu’s five Deputy Prime Ministers were also retained. Nurettin Canikli and Veysi Kaynak joined the cabinet as deputy premiers. Most notable among the other new appointees were Ömer Çelik, who became Minister of European Union Affairs, and Nihat Zeybekci, who assumed the post of Minister of the Economy. Fikri Işık, formerly the Minister of Science, Technology and Industry, became Minister of National Defence, while his predecessor in that role, İsmet Yılmaz, became Minister of National Education. Following his confirmation as premier, Yıldırım stated that his Government would prioritize the implementation of a presidential system of government, an issue that had reportedly prompted disagreement between Davutoğlu and President Erdoğan.

 


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