International Roundup: Ballots, Bullets, and Bombs

  • SRI LANKA: No group has yet claimed responsibility for Easter Sunday’s terror attacks.  Eight people have been arrested in connection with a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and hotels across the country, which killed at least 290 and injured 450. They mark the worst acts of violence since the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ten years ago.
  • UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko was soundly defeated Sunday by comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who impersonates Poroshenko on television. Exit polls showed Zelenskiy receiving 73% of the vote in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election, to Poroshenko’s 25%. “To all post-Soviet countries: look at us. Everything is possible,” Zelenskiy said Sunday.
  • MALI: Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, and his entire government, resigned Thursday, in the face of public anger over their mishandling of a massacre in March. President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita accepted Maiga’s resignation, after lawmakers on both sides submitted a motion of no confidence Wednesday. On March 23, some 160 people were killed in Ogossagou, a village near the Burkina Faso border.
  • CANADA: Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney is the new Premier of Alberta, elected by a landslide Tuesday. The leader of the new United Conservative Party was declared the winner, over New Democratic incumbent Rachel Notley, less than an hour after polls closed. “Today, we Albertans begin to fight back,” Kenney told his supporters.
  • INDONESIA: The world’s largest single-day election in history may be over, but results are still weeks away. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and challenger Prabowo Subianto, have both declared victory after elections on Wednesday. Private pollsters showed Widodo winning by seven to eleven points, but some 155 million ballots from 810,000 polling places must still be transported to Jakarta and counted before a May 22 deadline.

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Robert Martin (CN Staff)

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