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SDSM gathers enough support to form a government

It is likely this week that the impasse caused by the inconclusive general election on 11th December 2016 may well be resolved. Although the party that had run Macedonia for […]

Hassan Ali Khaire appointed Prime Minister

Recently elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed Hassan Ali Khaire to be Somalia’s next prime minister. Hassan Ali Khaire (49) went to school in Mogadishu and then moved to […]

Health minister dies

Austrian Health Minister Sabine Oberhauser has died after a long battle with abdominal cancer; she was just 53 years old. Minister of Social Affairs Alois Stöger has been acting in […]

Jack Guy Lafontant appointed Prime Minister

Recently elected President Jovenel Moïse has announced that he has asked Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant to be Haiti’s new Prime Minister. Lafontant (56), a political novice is a gastroenterologist, professor […]

WTO achieve TFA

The first Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force yesterday when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) gathered the two-thirds acceptance it needed from its 164 members. The full text of […]

President Adama Barrow announces more ministerial appointments

President Adama Barrow is continuing with the appointment of his Cabinet. Six more ministers were appointed yesterday. That should leave two vacancies to fill; Petroleum and Energy. The latest appointments […]

President delivers his first State of the Nation Address

The new President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). The full text of the speech which was delivered to parliament […]

President sacks Agriculture Minister in Maizegate scandal

President Peter Mutharika has sacked his Agriculture Minister for alleged involvement in a developing scandal which has been dubbed Maizegate. George Chaponda is said to be involved in a maize […]

PM changes four ministries

Following the recent resignation of Romania’s Justice Minister Prime Minister Mihai Sorin Grindeanu has carried out a reshuffle of his Cabinet bringing in three new ministers. The changes as recorded […]

Presidential election goes to second round on 2nd April

Despite delays in getting a final result following last Sunday’s general election, it now looks clear that there will be a second round runoff for the post of president on […]

President Aliyev appoints wife as VP

President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as First Vice-President of Azerbaijan. Mehriban Aliyeva (52) was elected to the National Assembly in 2005 but apart from that does […]

President relinquishes Defence portfolio in reshuffle

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has carried out a Cabinet reshuffle in which he has ceded control of the defence ministry to Jean Claude Bouda. The full list of the […]

New law is death knell for democracy

Cambodia’s parliament has voted to amend a law which will prevent anyone who has been convicted of a crime from standing for elected office. The amended law will also introduce […]

Trade and Industry Minister goes

Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade, has been sacked by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The reason given was that the minister’s department had failed to reduce the high costs […]

Labour Minister joins Machar rebels

South Sudan’s Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Gabriel Duop Lam, has resigned his portfolio in President Salva Kiir’s government. In a statement he said that he […]

Bill English and National lead in the polls months before an election

Prime Minister Bill English, who took over from John Key in December last year, is holding on to a strong lead in the polls according to a One News Colmar […]

Ecuador elects a new President and National Assembly

The people of Ecuador have a busy day today as they go to the polls to elect a new president and vice-president, the 137 members of the National Assembly, the […]

Nine ministers changed in Cabinet reshuffle

Egypt’s parliament has approved a Cabinet reshuffle which makes changes to nine ministries. The ministries of investment and international cooperation have been combined to form a new ministry. Three deputy […]

Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected Federal President

Germany’s Federal Assembly has elected former Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier to replace Joachim Gauck as the new president of Germany in an indirect election. Steinmeier will take […]

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov wins Presidential election

Unsurprisingly President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is reported to have won Sunday’s presidential election. The Central Commission for elections reports that turnout was 97% and that Berdimuhamedov took 97.69% of the vote. […]

Constitutional Referendum to take place on 16th April

Turkey’s Supreme Board of Election has announced that a constitutional referendum will be held on April 16. The referendum, which is really all about making President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan an […]

Presidential 2017

An indirect election took place on 12 February 2017. Frank-Walter Steinmeier had the support of 931 (73.89%) of the potential 1260 votes in the Electoral College and was supported by […]

Berdimuhamedov goes for third term in Presidential election

Turkmenistan will hold its presidential election today in what is expected to be a straightforward win for the incumbent president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, despite a worsening economic situation and rationing of […]

Full text of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma delivered his 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday in parliament amidst tight security. In parliament members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were forcibly evicted […]

Romanian Justice Minister resigns after massive street protests

Romania’s Minister of Justice Florin Iordache has resigned his portfolio after massive street protests condemning changes to the criminal law (see previous story) have been staged for the past couple […]