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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Referendums And Elections (April 17 to 22, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://www.thecaliforniacourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/erdogan-tek-millet-tek-bayrak-tek-vatan-tek-devlet-226283.jpg.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

April 17 to 22, 2017

The announcement by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May – calling for a general election in June – surprised many, but her Conservative Party is likely to significantly increase its parliamentary majority, and Labour Party is headed for a crushing defeat. In Indonesia, former cultural and education minister Anies Baswedan is projected to have won the gubernatorial election in Jakarta, defeating incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or “Ahok“. Governor Ahok’s chances were adversely affected by a blasphemy scandal. In Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared victory in a referendum which would replace his country’s parliamentary system with a more powerful presidential office, though the opposition has vowed to challenge the very close results.

And in the United States, a special election in Georgia is headed to a run-off, after Democrat Jon Ossoff came close to winning 50 per cent of vote. This comes a week after a special election in Kansas emerged to be much closer than expected.

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Africa

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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