Political Unrest
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Somalia elects new president

Somalia | Corruption allegations and security concerns threatened the vote
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/17, 01:06 pm

Somalia’s parliament has elected and sworn in Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the country’s new president. The election occurred amid corruption allegations and security threats.

Farmajo was declared the country’s president when incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded after two rounds of voting.

“This victory is the beginning of the era of unity, the democracy of Somalia, and the beginning of the fight against corruption,” Farmajo said after taking the oath of office.

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Will high-profile assassination destabilize Burma’s government?

Southeast Asia | Leaders warn the murder of a prominent lawyer was designed to strike at the country’s fledgling democracy
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 2/01/17, 11:37 am

Officials in Myanmar are investigating the assassination of high-profile lawyer Ko Ni, longtime adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi and advocate for Muslim religious rights. The politician had just landed at the airport in Yangon, the country’s most populous city, when a gunman broke through the crowd and shot him at close range. 

Local police detained one suspect in connection with the murder, but the motive remains shrouded in speculation: Was it a private business dispute, political resentment, or anti-Islamic sentiment? 

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Did Pakistan’s government abduct outspoken activists?

Human Rights | Human rights campaigners warn against official attempt to silence moderate voices
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/23/17, 01:03 pm

Human rights activists in Pakistan warn the country is tumbling toward Islamic extremism, pointing to the disappearance this month of five activists as proof of ongoing efforts to silence more moderate voices in the public square.

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