Gambia received new hope. -In a shift of power for Gambia, Adam Barrow was elected Gambia’s new President. Yahya Jammeh, the former president for 22 years, said that he would step down. Barrow is a property developer who has never held a position in politics. Barrow’s victory was seen as a huge upset. Gambians flooded the streets in celebration. Gambia has suffered from poverty and unemployment, causing people from the country to migrate.
A presidential scandal hit South Korea - President scandal hits South Korea in 2016 after weeks of scrutiny as South Korea’s National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Ggeun-hye in the wake of a corruption scandal. Park apologized to South Koreans on national TV and said she caused a “big national chaos.” Prime Minster Hwang Kyo-ahn will replace Park and has vowed to “run state affairs in a correct manner.”
Kim Jong Un keeps course with iron fist rule in 2016 - North Korea executed its top education official by a firing squad. Kim Yong Jin labeled the official as a “country-revolutionary member” and as “anti-party.” The education official, Kim Young Jin, was accused of expressing a “bad attitude” towards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The execution marked the third high profile one to occur in North Korea since 2013.
England leaves European Union and Paris on alert after terrorist attacks In a shocking, dramatic result the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The results of the vote led to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron resigning. Cameron said that the country would need a new leader to transition the country once it left the EU. The vote saw 51.9 percent of England in favor of leaving the EU. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund said that Brexit could have “very, very bad” consequences for the global economy.
High profile terrorist attacks on Paris - Mohamed Abrini was been arrested in Brussels for suspicion of his involvement in the attacks at the Brussels airport. Authorities believe that Abrini may have been the third airport attacker who was seen in an image caught by security cameras. In March the Brussels airport was bombed and 32 people were killed.
Latin American scandal and Columbian President recognized - At the end of a long, painful process for many Brazilians, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached. The former leader was accused of illegally manipulating government accounts. Multiple protests occurred throughout numerous cities in Brazil. Rousseff was found guilty of moving funds between government budgets. Experts suggested that Rousseff was moving the funds in the hopes of increasing her chances of being re-elected in October, 2014.
Colombian President awarded 2016 Nobel Peace Prize - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in Colombia’s peace deal with the rebel group las FARC. During his acceptance speech, Santos called for the world to rethink the war on drugs. During his award acceptance speech, Santos also expressed his sympathy for families of victims of the conflict with las FARC rebels. Santos won $925,000 along with his Nobel Peace Prize and said he will donate the money to help victims’ families.
The CIA and Dylann Roof led the headlines - CIA says Russia assisted Trump win. According to a CIA assessment, U.S. officials believe Russia intervened in the country’s recent presidential elections. U.S. officials said they have “high confidence” that Russia was targeted Hillary Clinton in an effort to help Trump become the president-elect. The CIA concluded that Russia hacked into the Republican National Committee’s computer systems. Along with the president-elect, Russian officials have denied their involvement.
South Carolina church shooter admits guilt - Dylann Roof, the man accused of shooting and killing nine black people, admitted his guilt. Jurors at Roof’s trial sat through a two-hour taped confession, filmed 17 hours after the shooting which showed Roof laughing as he admitted to the crimes. Roof told FBI agents he wanted to kill black people because they raped white women every day. The trial for Roof is set to begin on January 17, 2017.