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Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series.

First published in 1926, the Europa World Year Book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The Europa Regional Surveys of the World offer in-depth, expert analysis at regional, sub-regional and country level.

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Uganda, 14 January 2021
Kazakhstan, 10–11 January 2021
Kyrgyzstan, 10 January 2021
Central African Republic, 27 December 2020
Niger, 27 December 2020
Ghana (legislative), 7 December 2020
Ghana (presidential), 7 December 2020
Burkina Faso (legislative), 22 November 2020
Burkina Faso (presidential), 22 November 2020

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Argentina

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

20 January 2021 USA

Joe Biden of the Democratic Party was inaugurated as President, having been elected to that position by the Electoral College on 7 January, confirming the results of popular voting on 3 November 2020. On the same date two members of the Senate elected in Georgia on 5 January assumed office, as a result of which the Republican Party lost its majority in the chamber, although any Democratic majority would be dependent upon the support of two nominally independent senators and the casting vote of the new Vice President, Kamala Harris. The outgoing President, Donald Trump of the Republican Party, did not attend the inauguration of Biden, having previously claimed that the results of the popular election in several states had been falsified, despite a number of court cases having dismissed Trump’s accusations. These accusations had been a principal factor in the storming of the US Capitol buildings on 6 January 2021 by several thousand supporters of Trump, during which time five people (four protesters and one police officer) had died, while at least 100 police officers had been injured in clashes. These events led to Trump’s impeachment, for the second time, by the House of Representatives on 13 January, with a trial of the former President expected to follow in the Senate in due course.

15 January 2021 Netherlands

Longstanding Prime Minister Mark Rutte, leader of the centre-right administration comprising the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie, Christen Democratisch Appèl, ChristenUnie and Democraten 66, tendered the Government’s resignation. A parliamentary enquiry had found that accusations had been made unjustly against several thousand people, many from immigrant backgrounds, who were deemed by the authorities to have committed fraud over state welfare payments and heavily fined for what were in fact minor errors. The leader of the opposition Partij van de Arbeid, Lodewijk Asscher, who had been Minister of Social Affairs in a previous administration, had resigned as party leader the day before over the affair. Rutte’s Government was to remain in office in a caretaker capacity until the scheduled legislative elections on 17 March.

14 January 2021 Uganda

A presidential election (held in tandem with parliamentary elections) was contested by 11 candidates. According to results issued by the Electoral Commission on 16 February, Gen. (retd) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President since 1986, was returned for a sixth elective term of office, having received 58.6% of the valid votes cast. His nearest challenger, prominent musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known popularly as Bobi Wine, took 34.8%. The rate of voter participation was officially recorded at 57.2% of the registered electorate. Bobi Wine rejected the declared outcome of the ballot, prior to which the Uganda Communications Commission had ordered all internet service providers in the country to suspend access to, and use of, all social media platforms and messaging applications, and alleged that widespread voter fraud had been perpetrated.

13 January 2021 Oman

Sultan Haitham bin Tarik al–Said appointed his eldest son, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham bin Tarik al–Said, as Crown Prince. A royal decree issued on 11 January 2021 (one year after Haitham’s accession to the throne) had established a new Basic Law of the State. Most notably, the legislation formally created the post of Crown Prince, and outlined its functions and duties. The new Basic Law also formalized the process for appointing future Sultans, stating the principle that the line of succession would pass via the eldest sons of each successor.

10 January 2021 Kyrgyzstan

Sadyr Japarov, the candidate of the nationalist and broadly Russian-aligned Mekenchil Sayasiy Partiyasy (Patriotic Political Party) was elected President, obtaining around 80% of the votes (according to provisional data released by the central election commission) cast in an election contested by 17 candidates. Japarov had attained prominence during unrest that followed disputed (and subsequently annulled) legislative elections held on 4 October 2020 and which had led to the resignation of President Soorenbay Jeenbekov. During the unrest Japarov, who had been incarcarated in 2017 for his part in the storming of a regional government building in 2013, was released from gaol by protesters; he subsequently served briefly both as acting President and acting Prime Minister, before stepping down to content the presidential election. Japarov announced proposals to strengthen presidential powers and to weaken those of the Supreme Council, prior to the holding of pre-term legislative elections, which were expected to be held no later than 1 June 2021.

5 January 2021 Venezuela

Members of the new National Assembly took their seats in the newly expanded legislature. Some 253 of the 277 deputies were members of the Gran Polo Patriótico, the coalition led by President Nicolás Maduro’s Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, which had won the election of 6 December 2020. However, most of the opposition had boycotted the polls, asserting that they were neither ‘free nor fair’ after Maduro had banned several parties and imprisoned opposition leaders. The outgoing opposition-controlled Assembly refused to recognize the legitimacy of the incoming parliament; in a separate location, it re-elected Juan Guaidó as speaker and voted to extend its mandate until ‘democracy was restored’.

4 January 2021 Central African Republic

According to provisional results released by the Autorité Nationale des Elections, the incumbent head of state, Faustin Archange Touadéra, was declared the victor of the presidential election held on 27 December 2020, having secured 53.9% of the valid votes cast. Touadéra’s closest rival among 16 other candidates was former Prime Minister (1999–2001) Anicet Georges Dologuélé, who took 21.0% of the votes. The rate of participation by the electorate was officially recorded at 76.3%.

1 January 2021 AfCFTA

Trading commenced under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an initiative concluded in 2018 by the African Union to create a single market for goods and services across the whole of Africa. By late 2020 the accord had been signed by 54 AU member countries and had been ratified by 34. Tariffs and non-tariff barriers were to be eliminated progressively, promoting greater intra-regional trade and investment.

 


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