2017 has been a year of strong twists and turns on the international political scene. Indeed, we could witness the election of Emmanuel Macron, the inauguration of Donald Trump. In terms of re-election, Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected head of Germany. Referendums of independence took place in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia.
Country with elections in 2018
In Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi will seek his second term during the presidential election that will take place between February and May 2018. Candidate for his own succession, the general tries to dismiss those who could threaten his reelection. He expelled Ahmed Chafik from Cairo. Then, Khaled Ali’s lawyer was sentenced to three months in prison for a supposed finger of honor made after a judicial victory against Sissi.
On March 18, will be held in Russia presidential election. The main opponent of Putin, Alexei Navalny was rejected. The latter then called for a large abstention that would weaken the legitimacy of the results.
The main opponents of Nicolas Maduro find themselves in disturbing situations. Indeed, Leopoldo Lopez is under house arrest while Henri Capriles has been banned from holding a political office.
Paul Biya, one of Africa’s oldest heads of state, should think about running for Cameroon. Also, if he is not a candidate, his potential successor could come from the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (CPDM).
In Hungary, reforms deemed damaging to the rule of law and the balance of power were adopted by the nationalist Viktor Orban. The eyes will be on this European country.
After the victory against the Islamic State, Iraq will have elections in 2018.
In the absence of consensus on a new electoral law, Lebanon has not had a parliamentary election since 2009. For the first time, a proportional representation system will be put in place in the country.
On November 6, 2018, the entire House and the third of the Senate will be renewed. The surprise victory of Democrat Doug Jones on December 12 in the partial senatorial election in Alabama is a bad sign for Donald Trump.