Haiti – A President, at Last

After more than a year of delays caused by public unrest, invalidated election results, and natural disasters, Haiti finally held what might be a conclusive presidential election on November 20. Jovenel Moïse, the candidate of former President Michel Martelly’s PHTK, won in convincing fashion, Read Entire Entry

Thailand – Royal Succession May Delay Elections

The uncertainty surrounding royal succession following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in mid-October was resolved when Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn accepted a request from the Parliament to become the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty. However, the coronation will be delayed until after Read Entire Entry

United States – Unclear Agenda

Voters in the US went to the polls on November 8 to elect a new president and delivered one of the most shocking results in living memory. The Republican Party candidate, Donald Trump, a real estate mogul and reality TV star with no previous governing experience, defeated his Democratic Party Read Entire Entry

Saudi Arabia – Counting on Higher Oil Prices

Recent Cabinet changes have further the cemented Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s control over economic decision-making. A royal decree issued in late October appointed market regulator Mohammed Al-Jadaan as the new finance minister. Jadaan, a close ally of the deputy crown prince, is Read Entire Entry

South Africa – Zuma’s Authority Weakened

The ANC is facing deepening internal divisions as corruption scandals involving President Jacob Zuma have eroding the longtime ruling party’s popular support, as was made clear at municipal elections held in August. Zuma survived a no-confidence vote in the ANC’s top executive body in late Read Entire Entry