20 Jan 2023

Lebanon MPs sit in as 11th vote for president fails

Two politicians have spent the night inside Lebanon’s parliament building to protest MP’s failure to elect a new president for the 11th time. The two, Najat Saliba and Melhem Khalaf refused to leave the chamber until after the latest round of voting. The outgoing president’s term ended on October 31

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12 Dec 2022

Peru’s new leader proposes early election amid protests

Amid ongoing political tension, Peru’s new president Dina Boluarte is proposing holidng election sin April 2024 rather than 2 years later as scheduled. A state of emergency has also been declared in the areas of heavy protests. During the protests, two teenagers were killed in clashes between the protestors and

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14 Oct 2022

Iraq names new president and prime minister, ending a year of political deadlock

Kurdish politician Abdul Latif Rashid was elected as Iraq’s new president by parliament on Thursday. This move ends a year of political stalemates and violence. Rashid won 162 out of the 269 votes in parliament, beating the current President Barham Salim. Rashid has named Mohammad Shia al-Sudani as prime minister,

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27 Jul 2022

Voters give president near unchecked power in Tunisia

There have been new powers given to the country’s president in Tunisia after a vote that critics say risks the return of authoritarian rule. Less than a third of Tunisians voted in the referendum but almost 95% of those who did vote supported the powers being handed to President Kais

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20 Jul 2022

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as President of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday. This move is likely to anger the protestors who have been fighting fo rhis removal from office for weeks.  Wickremesinghe is a six-time prime minister and was a strong ally

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15 Jul 2022

Italy’s President Mattarella rejects Prime Minister Draghi’s resignation

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced Thursday that he would resign after the largest party in the country’s coalition government withdrew its support in a confidence vote. The measures Draghi was voting on was a package designed to help Italy’s cost-of-living crisis. It passed 172 to 39, however, the loss

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11 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms resignation, PM’s office says

The Sri Lankan prime minister’s office has confirmed that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will resign. Protests over Sri Lanka’s financial crisis have worsened, with tens of thousands of protestors storming the residences of both Sri Lankan President and prime minister. The parliament Speaker has said Rajapaksa will resign on

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01 Jul 2022

Hong Kong’s new leader sworn in as Xi hails rule by ‘patriots’

Hong Kong’s next leader was sworn in on Friday as it marked 25 years since its return to Chinese rule. John Lee was sworn in during a ceremony that was overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This trip was the first by Xi Jinping outside mainland China since the beginning

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24 May 2022

Turkey’s Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of antagonizing Turkey and has said he will stop talking to the Greek leader as a result. The Turkish President also said he would cancel a meeting between the two countries after he said Mitsotakis recommended to

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17 May 2022

Guinea Bissau president dissolves parliament in new political row

President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau has dissolved the parliament and announced that parliamentary elections will be held this year to resolve an ongoing political crisis. There has been tension between the parliament and presidency of the nation for months.  Embalo stated the differences between him and the parliament were

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