Update: The Defeated Gambian President Has Left Power
After being defeated in the recent Gambian presidential elections,
Gambia’s longtime President, who
had refused to accept the results of the election, has left power. He made the decision after much international
pressure was applied, including a military invasion by neighboring Senegal and
the forces of the West African regional organization. The election winner has returned from exile
to take power. It is hoped that Gambia will
remain peaceful and will return to representative government and enjoy liberty.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled
Italy did not violate the rights of
a couple who claimed parental rights over a child with whom they had no
biological ties who was born of a surrogate mother. The ruling also prevented the recording of
the couples’ names as the parents on the child’s birth certificate. The Court ruled that children have a right to
upheld the parliamentary voting law, except for the runoff provision, maintaining
the large bonus of seats in Parliament for any party bloc that received at
least 40% of the votes, giving that party a majority, enabling it to form a
government. The law maintains differences
between how members of the upper and lower chambers are elected. Parliament may decide to amend the law before
elections are held, which the populist party, who leads in the polls, prefer to
be held now, as the law could enable them to attain a parliamentary majority
without having to from any coalition government with any other party. Other major parties prefer to vote in a few
months, only after amending the law to reduce the bonus of parliamentary seats
for the leading party to necessitate the formation of a coalition government,
instead of one led by a party with only a plurality of popular support.
The British economy has returned to the level of economic growth the
United Kingdom had been enjoying before the
referendum in June of last year was approved to leave the European Union, which
is contrary to the predictions of supporters of remaining in the EU that the UK’s
economy would suffer if the referendum passed.
The British Supreme Court ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to require the withdrawal. The conservative British Prime Minister has announced plans to negotiate the withdrawal of the
UK from the EU.
The Supreme Court of Greece has ruled in favor of the asylum requests of eight Turkish servicemen who defected after the failed military coup in
Turkey. The authoritarian Islamist Turkish Government
had requested their extradition.
An international group of Nobel Prize for Literature winners has written a letter sharply criticizing the Turkish Government for detaining over 100 writers and journalists as political prisoners as part of its post-coup crackdown on all dissent. Mario Vargas Llosa of
Peru is the most
famous of the group.