Bashar al-Assad has secured a fourth 7-year term following presidential elections in Syria. The result was never in question, official state media reporting that Assad won over 95% of the vote. Now comes the hard part.
In the year preceding the Covid-19 pandemic, Algeria witnessed widespread dissent in what became known as the Hirak protest movement after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his campaign for a fifth term in office.
Final election results have again revealed Israel’s deeply polarized electorate. Last week, Israelis went to the polls for the fourth time in two years, perhaps to bring to an end the current political stalemate.
Sixteen years after they last went to the voting booth, Palestinians will have another chance to choose their legislative and executive leaders.
2021 is seen across the region as a year rife with opportunities for improving economic performance, addressing climate-change concerns, as well as creating a more stable political and security environment.
The incoming Biden administration is likely to face a series of domestic and international challenges as it attempts to steer away from the policies of the past four years.
News of the approval for the mass production of several Covid-19 vaccines has buoyed up governments and people across the world.