HEADLINE MAKERS: VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY – SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE

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By Donnelly McCleland Until his election in April, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was a comedian best known for playing the president of Ukraine on TV, in his hugely popular show, “Servant of the People.” His rapid rise to president is nothing short of meteoric and highlights the Ukrainian peoples’ utter disillusionment with their political elite. Quote: “Could…

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HEADLINE MAKERS: VLADIMIR PUTIN – 20 TUMULTUOUS YEARS AS RUSSIAN LEADER

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By Andrew Richards and Donnelly McCleland Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on 9 August 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades. Quote: “The ruling elites have broken away from the people. There is also this…

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TUNISIA’S NEW PRESIDENT, SAIED, PROMISES TO FIX ECONOMY

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By Alex Pollock A low-profile, conservative law professor has beaten a charismatic media magnate released from prison earlier [9 October] in Tunisia’s presidential election runoff. In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Kais Saied scooped more than 70% of the vote, according to two exit polls, more than 40 points ahead of…

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

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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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