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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.

Recent elections

Belize, 11 November 2020
Myanmar, 8 November 2020
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 5 November 2020
Côte d’Ivoire, 31 October 2020
Bolivia, 23 October 2020
Seychelles (legislative), 22–24 October 2020
Seychelles (presidential), 22–24 October 2020
Guinea, 18 October 2020
Lithuania, 11 and 25 October 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

15 November 2020 Peru

Acting President Manuel Merino de Lima resigned six days after assuming the role. Merino, the congressional speaker, had taken over as head of state after deputies had voted to impeach President Martín Vizcarra on charges of ‘moral incapacity’ relating to allegations of financial irregularities during his time as Governor of Moquegua in 2011–14. Vizcarra, who had assumed the presidency in March 2018 after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, strenuously denied the charges against him. Widespread protests had been held in Lima against the ousting of Vizcarra and, on 14 November, these demonstrations descended into violence after two people were shot dead by police. Several members of Merino’s newly appointed Council of Ministers also resigned in protest at the force used against the demonstrators.

11 November 2020 Belize

The opposition People’s United Party (PUP) won an overwhelming victory over the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) in a general election. The PUP secured 26 of the 31 seats in the House of Representatives, leaving the UDP with just five deputies. Prime Minister Dean Barrow congratulated his successor Johnny Briceño, who was sworn into office the following day. Briceño, who was expected to announce a new Cabinet in the coming days, declared that combating COVID-19 and repairing the damage caused by Tropical Storm Eta would be his Government’s immediate priorities.

11 November 2020 Bahrain

The Royal Court announced the death of Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who had held office since 1970. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa subsequently issued a royal decree appointing Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, hitherto the First Deputy Prime Minister, as the new premier with immediate effect.

11 November 2020 Hong Kong

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China adopted a decision establishing rules for the disqualification of members of Hong Kong’s legislature, the Legislative Council (LegCo). Endangering national security and failing to uphold Hong Kong’s Basic Law were specified as grounds for the removal of legislators, including supporting independence for Hong Kong, refusing to recognize the sovereignty of China over the territory and seeking foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs. The Hong Kong Government disqualified four pro-democracy LegCo members with immediate effect, prompting the resignation of the 15 remaining pro-democracy legislators. There was widespread international condemnation of China’s actions.

9 November 2020 Cote d'Ivoire

The Constitutional Council confirmed the results of the presidential election held on 31 October, according to which the incumbent head of state, Alassane Ouattara, was overwhelmingly re-elected having secured 95.3% of the valid votes cast. His nearest challenger, the independent candidate Kouadio Konan Bertin, was attributed 2.0%. The rate of participation by the electorate was officially recorded at 53.9%.

8 November 2020 Myanmar

Elections took place to the bicameral legislature, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, and to regional and state assemblies. The ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory, retaining its domestic popularity, despite attracting international opprobrium for its treatment of ethnic Rohingyas; one-quarter of parliamentary seats remained reserved for the military under controversial constitutional arrangements. The poll was criticized by the military-backed opposition, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, which performed poorly, and by human rights groups concerned about the disenfranchisement of the Rohingyas. International and domestic observers confirmed the poll proceeded without major irregularities, but there was criticism of the cancellation by the Union Election Commission of voting in parts of Rakhine, Shan and Kachin States, which largely affected ethnic minority parties. The NLD announced its intention to invite some ethnic parties to join a national unity government.

7 November 2020 Guinea

The results of the presidential election held on 18 October were confirmed by the Constitutional Court. Alpha Condé was declared the victor with 59.5% of the valid votes cast, while his nearest challenger, Cellou Dalein Diallo, took 33.5%. None of the 10 other candidates who contested the election won more than 1.6% of the votes cast. Some 78.9% of eligible voters cast their ballots.

5 November 2020 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Unity Labour Party (ULP), led by Ralph Gonsalves, won an unprecedented fifth term in office. The party increased its representation in the House of Assembly to nine seats (up from eight in 2015), at the expense of the opposition New Democratic Party, which secured the remaining six seats. A new ULP Cabinet was scheduled to be appointed by Gonsalves in the coming days.

 


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