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South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech to parliament listed South Africa’s old problems – but no new solutions

      By Vinothan Naidoo, University of Cape Town     South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opening of parliament speech successfully captured the spirit of a diverse and cohesive multi-party government ready to get down to work. But it failed to tell South Africans how the new dispensation will do things differently, and better. In the May 2024 national and provincial elections, Ramaphosa’s African National Congress party received just […]

todayJuly 22, 2024 6


Israel parliament revives bill on ultra-Orthodox conscription

        Israel's parliament voted Tuesday to revive a controversial bill to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews, which is backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but has been criticised by his defence minister. Lawmakers voted 63 to 57 to press ahead with the draft law, which foresees a gradual but limited increase in the number of ultra-Orthodox Jews doing military service. The majority of Israeli Jewish men must serve in […]

todayJune 11, 2024 7

South Africa

New S.Africa parliament meets Friday to elect president

    South Africa's newly elected parliament will convene for the first time on Friday, authorities said, as political parties scramble to form a coalition after the election produced no outright winner. "The first sitting of the National Assembly shall be on Friday, 14 June 2024," Chief Justice Raymond Zondo wrote in an order released on Monday to the media by the justice ministry. Electing a speaker and South Africa's […]

todayJune 10, 2024 25


He won Indonesia’s election in a landslide. Now, backroom meetings and horse-trading will determine whether Prabowo can govern

        By Stephen Sherlock, Australian National University     Indonesia’s president-elect, Prabowo Subianto, won February’s presidential election in a landslide victory of nearly 59% of the nationwide vote, more than double his nearest challenger. But his party, Gerindra, fell far short of a majority in the parliamentary elections that took place at the same time. Gerindra was founded by Prabowo and its political fortunes are inseparable from […]

todayMay 23, 2024 3


Simon Harris becomes Ireland’s youngest Prime Minister

Reuters reports that Simon Harris has become Ireland's youngest-ever prime minister on Tuesday, pledging to bring new ideas. Harris takes over as head of Ireland’s three-party coalition government from Leo Varadkar, who announced his surprise resignation last month. Harris, who served as higher education minister in Varadkar’s government, was the only candidate to replace him as head of the center-right Fine Gael party.

todayApril 10, 2024 13


DR Congo’s election – the key to Félix Tshisekedi’s victory

  By Albert Kasanda, Czech Academy of Sciences On Sunday 31 December 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced the preliminary results of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election held on 20 December. The incumbent president, Félix Tshisékédi, was declared the winner with 73.34% of the votes cast, while Moise Katumbi was credited with 18.03% and Martin Fayulu with 5.33%. There have been calls to cancel the elections […]

todayJanuary 18, 2024 15