Sudan
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SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS TOWARDS A NEW SUDAN

4th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s hard-won transition to civilian rule has fallen behind schedule just days after the new prime minister delayed the formation of the first government since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir was removed. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, a seasoned United Nations economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy, was…

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Johnson
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JOHNSON’S ‘DO OR DIE’ BREXIT PLEDGE

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland On 24 July, Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and assumed the country’s top job. Following a campaign premised on delivering Brexit “do or die” by [the end of October] and with [fewer than 100] days until the departure deadline, Johnson wasted no time appointing a pro-Leave…

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UK leadership
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UK LEADERSHIP AND KEY CONTENDERS

11th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Compiled by Mike Burnard Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down on Friday 7 June as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party after admitting failure in her attempt to withdraw the country from the European Union. She will remain as a “caretaker” Prime Minister for a few weeks while the party picks a successor. (Global News) Why is Theresa May…

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Indian elections
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MODI SCORES DRAMATIC ELECTION VICTORY

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil…

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CyrilRamaphosa
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ANC WINS SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTION BUT WITH SMALLER MAJORITY

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results. The win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of…

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Indonesia elections
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INDONESIAN PRESIDENT WIDODO LEADS IN EARLY ELECTION RETURNS

18th Apr 2019 . by incontext_adm

18 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE MERCURY NEWS) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo appeared on track Wednesday to win a second term, according to early vote counts, holding a 10 percentage-point lead over a retired general who had courted nationalist and conservative Islamic forces in a campaign waged on the country’s fault lines. Widodo’s apparent victory over Prabowo…

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Volodymyr Zelensky
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TV ENTERTAINER EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER IN UKRAINE ELECTIONS

3rd Apr 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland (with contribution by Mike Burnard) Ukrainians awoke on April Fools’ Day to the reality of a comedian on the verge of taking over as commander in chief.  The first-round victory for Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old entertainer who plays the president in a popular sitcom, served as a breath-taking rebuke by about 5…

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Algeria
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ALGERIA’S ELECTIONS – A TEST FOR DEMOCRACY

20th Mar 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Hannes Bosman and Donnelly McCleland An emerging coalition of Algerian opposition figures Tuesday [19 March] rejected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to remain in office while overseeing a political transition from his 20-year rule, echoing the demands of street protesters that he step down next month. The group also urged the military to stay out…

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Algeria
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ALGERIAN PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE PLANS AFTER MASS PROTESTS

4th Mar 2019 . by incontext_adm

4 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Algeria’s ailing president has promised to step down after the next election and enact reforms, as the nation’s elite moved to consolidate its power in the face of historic mass protests. “I’ve heard the heartfelt cry of the protesters,” said Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a letter read out on national…

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Nigeria election results
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NIGERIA’S BUHARI WINS SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT: ELECTORAL COMMISSION

27th Feb 2019 . by incontext_adm

27 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, the electoral commission chairman said on Wednesday, following an election marred by delays, logistical glitches and violence. He defeated his main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. Buhari…

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