Weekly Round Up 14th-20th January

Taxation Bounce Back

Who?

Government, President Emmerson Mnangagwa

What?

Protests and Civil Unrest to taxation

Where?

Zimbabwe

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

Zimbabwe over the years has seen some economic crisis, including that of hyperinflation under Mugabe. with President Emmeron Mnangagwa’s increase on fuel prices, an impossible 150%, civil unrest broke out. 400 people were detained in response to the outbreak of protests, along with the shutdown of the internet. This is not the only economic issue, salaries have also taken a hit with President Mnangagwa leading public to believe the era of hyperinflation is not over.

References:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-politics/hundreds-detained-after-zimbabwe-protests-as-u-n-denounces-crackdown-idUSKCN1PC0NF

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-wages/zimbabwe-public-workers-reject-latest-wage-offer-after-protests-idUSKCN1PD06T

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-politics-life/as-prices-soar-zimbabweans-haunted-by-memories-of-hyperinflation-idUSKCN1PC1QP

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-wages/zimbabwe-public-workers-reject-latest-wage-offer-after-protests-idUSKCN1PD06T

Volga Castle

Slave Law

Who?

Hungarian far right

What?

Workers Rights

Where?

Budapest

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

Hungary’s government is nationalist right-wing. In the last few months, laws changing workers rights, such as allowing employers to allow up to 400 hours overtime to their workers have built up and now enough is enough. Orban says the overtime hours are voluntary, yet workers risk their jobs if they turn down the overtime work, putting many jobs and lives in jeopardy to work an extra 150 hours a year. Protesters have taken to the streets backing a new balanced opposition against president Orban demanding repeal.

References:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-protest/we-have-had-enough-say-hungarians-rallying-against-pm-orban-idUSKCN1PD0K1

Who Needs Elections?

Who?

President Felix Tshisekedi and runner-up Martin Fayulu

What?

Election crisis

Where?

Democratic Republic of Congo

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?

The Congo is a vast landmass in Central Africa. It has been troubled with violence and civil war other the past decades yet recently has made progress in finding peace. Deeping troubles already in the Congo, this election only furthers the trials and tribulations there further. Last Month’s election was a step forward for the war torn country, being the first democratic vote for a very long time. Recent election however has overturned this progress. Runner-up Martin Fayulu claimed himself as the only legitimate president ignoring the win of President Tshisekedi accusing him of corruption. Since the results, the African Union has postponed investigations.

References:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/tshisekedi-declared-dr-congo-president-runner-revolts-190120053034837.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-election-african-union/african-union-postpones-congo-talks-on-contested-election-idUSKCN1PE0Q1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-election/congo-political-crisis-deepens-as-top-court-rejects-vote-challenge-idUSKCN1PE007

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