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Recent Events

22 February 2017 Ecuador

Following a presidential election on 19 February, the Consejo Nacional Electoral announced that a second round ballot would be held after none of the candidates won more than 40% of the valid votes cast. Lenín Moreno, of the governing left-wing Alianza País came closest to winning, attracting 39.3% of the ballot (after 99.5% of the votes had been counted), followed by Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right Movimiento CREO, who won 28.1%. Cynthia Viteri of the Partido Social Cristiano, who was third-placed with 16.3% of the votes, declared her support for Lasso in the run-off vote between the two leading candidates, to be held on 2 April.

08 February 2017 Somalia

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected President of Somalia. A total of 21 candidates participated in the ballot, which was conducted on an electoral college basis with the 275 members of House of the People and the 54 members of the Upper House casting their votes under tight security at Mogadishu International Airport. Following the first round of voting, Mohamed, incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his predecessor, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, proceeded to a second round in which Mohamed secured 185 votes, Mohamud 97 votes and Sheikh Ahmed 45. Sheikh Ahmed was thus eliminated, and, although a two-thirds majority was constitutionally required to secure victory, Mohamud withdrew from the final round and conceded the presidency to Mohamed.

07 February 2017 Haiti

Jovenel Moïse of the Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK) was sworn in as President. Moïse had won the delayed presidential ballot in the first round in November 2016, attracting 55.6% of the votes cast, albeit on a low turnout. The election itself had been rerun after the 2015 ballot, also won by Moïse, had been cancelled amid allegations of electoral fraud. The PHTK and allied parties would also enjoy a majority of seats in both houses of the legislature, according to preliminary results of elections held in 2016 and 2017, raising hopes of an end to the ongoing political crisis.

30 January 2017 Morocco/African Union

Morocco was admitted as a full member of the African Union (AU). During the AU’s 28th annual summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, some 39 of the 54 member states voted to approve Morocco’s application. Morocco had resigned its membership of the Organization of African Unity in 1984, following the admittance of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (also known as Western Sahara), which territory is claimed by Morocco. Meanwhile, earlier on 30 January the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé, was elected to a one-year term as Chairman of the AU.

21 January 2017 Mauritius

Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth announced his intention to resign from his position in order to enable his son, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development and the leader of the largest parliamentary party, to assume the premiership. On 23 January Pravind Jugnauth was duly sworn in as Prime Minister, retaining his existing portfolio and also assigning himself responsibility for home affairs, external communications and the National Development Unit. In the new 24-member Government announced later that day, Anerood Jugnauth became Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Minister for Rodrigues, while Ivan Leslie Colledavelloo was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities.

21 January 2017 The Gambia

Alhaji Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa announced in a televised address that he would relinquish the presidency and leave the country. Jammeh had been defeated in a presidential election held on 1 December 2016 by Adama Barrow, and despite having initially publicly congratulated Barrow on his victory, subsequently attempted to remain in post by challenging the result and declaring a 90-day state of emergency. In mid-January 2017 a number of government officials, including the Vice-President, tendered their resignations, and on 19 January Barrow was sworn in as President in a ceremony held in neighbouring Senegal. Mediation efforts led by the Presidents of Guinea and Mauritania, combined with the threat of military intervention by members of the Economic Community of West African States, succeeded in securing the peaceful departure from The Gambia of Jammeh, who was expected to take up exile in Equatorial Guinea.

20 January 2017 The USA

Donald J. Trump, of the Republican Party, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the USA, in succession to the Democrat Barack Obama (upon the expiry of the latter’s second four-year term). Trump had secured 306 electoral college votes at the presidential election held on 8 November 2016, at which he took some 46.1% of the popular vote; the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, won 232 electoral college votes, and 48.1% of the popular vote.

19 January 2017 Bulgaria

Rumen Radev, a former air force commander, was sworn in as President. Radev had contested the presidential election, held in two rounds on 6 and 13 November 2016, as an independent candidate, with the support of the Balgarska sotsialisticheska partiya (BSP—Bulgarian Socialist Party). The Government of Prime Minister and Chairman of the centre-right Grazhdani za Evropeysko Razvitie na Balgariya (GERB—Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), Boyko Borisov, had collapsed in mid-November, following the defeat of the GERB presidential candidate, Tsetska Tsacheva. On 27 January 2017 Radev installed an interim Government under Ognian Gerdzhikov, and pre-term legislative elections were due to take place on 26 March.

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