Events that shaped world’s politics in 2016


Taiwan, an autonomous region in East Asia, elected its first female president in a landmark election that could unsettle relations with Beijing. But Tsai Ing-wen, in her victory speech, vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, saying Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and both sides must ensure there are no provocations.

Ms. Tsai, was the second president not to belong to the Kuomintang, the party that ruled Taiwan as an authoritarian state until democratic reforms began in the late 1980s.


Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country for 30 years, was re-elected in an election overshadowed by arrests of politicians and allegations of rigging. His closest rival, Kizza Besigye, who was arrested on several occasions since the February 18 general election, rejected the results and proclaimed himself the winner. 

In a dramatic twist, Besigye, on the eve of Museveni’s inauguration, was sworn-in as the elected president of

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