Global Contagion

Yahya Jammeh, who ruled Gambia for 22 years, has agreed to step down after being defeated in yesterday’s presidential election. The winner of the election was Adama Barrow. He is a property developer who has never before held political office in his life.

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Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, said today that he would resign after voters rejected his proposed constitutional changes. Renzi’s most vocal opponent in the national referendum was Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment, populist Five Star Movement. Before he became a political activist, Grillo was a comedic actor turned popular blogger.

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