09 Apr 2019
There were electoral and political surprises in Algeria, Turkey, and Ukraine, as long-term leaders witnessed challenges to their tenure. In Algeria, despite announcing that he will not seek a fifth term, having named a new government, and saying that he would step down by the end of his term, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down as protests persisted. In Turkey, party candidates of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lost in mayoral races in Ankara (the capital and political centre) and Istanbul (the country’s biggest city), even though the Justice and Development party claimed an overall victory in local elections. And in Ukraine, a comedian with no political experience advanced to a runoff in the country’s presidential election, defeating a field of political elites.

AFRICA

THE ASIA-PACIFIC

EUROPE

  • Following Macedonia’s name change to the Republic of North Macedonia in January, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev met with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, signing an agreement to expedite European Union membership talks for North Macedonia.
  • In Ukraine, a comedian with no political experience – famed instead for playing a school teacher – advanced to a runoff in the country’s presidential election, defeating a field of political elites.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) continues to limp towards the April 12 Brexit deadline, as lawmakers failed again to come up with an alternative to the plan by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has been defeated three times.
  • Later, the prime minister said she would seek a second Brexit delay and would work with the opposition Labour Party.

THE MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AMERICA

LATIN AMERICA

This roundup was written by Kwan Jin Yao (Master in Public Policy, 2017) and covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.

This article was first published at https://kwanjinyao.com/2019/04/06/the-weekly-global-roundup-electoral-and-political-surprises-in-algeria-turkey-and-ukraine-april-1-to-6-2019/

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