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Recent Events

13 October 2016 United Nations

The UN General Assembly, acting on a recommendation of the UN Security Council, unanimously appointed António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General, to commence a five-year term in January 2017, succeeding Ban Ki-Moon. Guterres, who had served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-15) and the Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002), was selected after a process involving, for the first time, a series of public informal briefings by the candidates and a televised question-and-answer session, held in July at the Assembly's premises in New York; these were followed, during July--October, by a series of six private informal straw polls of members of the Security Council.

11 October 2016 Cabo Verde

The Comissão Nacional de Eleições (CNE) announced the final results of the presidential election held on 2 October. According to these, the incumbent head of state, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, was re-elected to the presidency having secured 74.0% of the valid votes cast. However, just 34.8% of the registered electorate participated in the poll. Fonseca’s closest challenger, Albertino Emanuel Lopes da Graça, took 22.5% of the votes, while Joaquim Monteiro was placed third with 3.4% of the ballot.

07 October 2016 Morocco

Elections to the 395-seat Chamber of Representatives took place. According to preliminary results published by the Ministry of the Interior on 8 October, the Islamist Parti de la Justice et du Développement increased its representation to 125 seats, compared with 107 at the 2011 elections. The Parti de l’Authenticité et de la Modernité made significant gains, securing some 102 seats (compared with just 47 in 2011). Istiqlal was placed third, with 46 seats (down 14 from 2011), the Rassemblement National des Indépendants fourth with 37 seats (down 15), and the Mouvement Populaire fifth with 27 seats (down five). Seven other parties also claimed seats in the new legislature.

05 October 2016 Haiti

Rescheduled presidential and legislative elections, due to be held on 9 October, were postponed following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew the previous day. The Category Four hurricane was the worst storm to hit the country in a decade, causing the deaths of over 1,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless. The United Nations estimated that more than 1m. people were in need of urgent humanitarian aid following the hurricane, which destroyed already fragile infrastructure, including water and electricity supplies, and warned of a worsening of Haiti’s cholera epidemic.

02 October 2016 Colombia

A peace agreement between the Government and the rebel Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), ending 50 years of civil war in the country, was narrowly rejected in a referendum. Some 50.2% of those voting were against ratification of the accord, signed in the previous week by the President, Juan Manuel Santos, and the head of FARC, Rodrigo Londoño (alias Timochenko), after almost four years of negotiations. Those voting to reject the peace deal objected to concessions made to the former guerrillas, including lenient prison sentences, financial help and guaranteed parliamentary representation. Turnout was lower than expected, at less than 40%. Following the result, President Santos announced that the ceasefire remained in place and that negotiations with the FARC would resume.

19 September 2016 United Nations

A high-level Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants was held at the UN General Assembly, in New York. The meeting adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which recognized an unprecedented level of human mobility and determined to address the root causes of mass migration movements, acknowledging a shared responsibility for international co-operation in managing these. Several commitments were made that aimed to ensure the rights and safety of refugees, in particular more vulnerable women and children, and the risks posed by trafficking and forced labour. Collective intent was declared to ensure, inter alia, that refugee and migrant children receive education and are not held in detention during processing; that the rights and safety of women and girls are upheld; that countries accommodating high numbers of refugees and migrants should be supported; and that resettlement should be facilitated for all suitable refugees identified by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. A commitment was made to hold an international conference, and to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, in 2018. During the meeting, with a view to strengthening the global governance of migration, the International Organization for Migration was admitted into the UN system as a related organization.

18 September 2016 Russian Federation

Elections were held to the Gosurdarstvennaya Duma (State Duma). According to results issued by the Central Electoral Commission, the de facto ruling party, Yedinaya Rossiya (United Russia), won 343 of the 450 seats (compared with the 238 it had won at the most recent general election in 2011). The Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Rossiiskoi Federatsii (Communist Party of the Russian Federation) was placed second, with 42 seats, ahead of the nationalist Liberalno-demokraticheskaya Partiya Rossii (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), with 39, and Spravedlivaya Rossiya (A Just Russia), with 23. Two smaller parties also obtained representation, and one independent deputy was elected.

08 September 2016 Kazakhstan

President Nursultan Nazarbaev dismissed Karim Mäsimov as Prime Minister, who was transferred to the post of Chairman of the National Security Committee. Mäsimov was succeeded as premier by the erstwhile First Deputy Prime Minister, Baqitjan Sagintaev, who was, in turn, replaced in his former position by Asqar Mamin. Several days later the erstwhile Deputy Prime Minister, Dariga Nazarbaeva, the President’s daughter, was removed from her position and instead appointed to the Senate; she was succeeded in her former post by the hitherto Minister of Defence, Imangali Tasmagambetov. A new Ministry, for Religious Affairs and Civil Society was created, while the hitherto Minister of Justice, Berik Ïmaşev, was appointed Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission.


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