Top 5 global headlines of 2021

While Netanyahu’s ouster and the end of Shinzo Abe era made some of the top global headlines in 2021, the world faced another Covid threat as Omicron variant started spreading fast at the fag end of the year 

Israel: Netanyahu ousted

Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, was sworn in as new Israeli prime minister in June ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year rule.

Israel’s longest-serving leader, Netanyahu won a record four elections and held office five times.

His ouster came after Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid announced that he had reached a deal with a small pro-settler party and others to form a coalition government to cast Netanyahu out.

Japan: End of Shinzo Abe era

Shinzo Abe announced that he was resigning from the post due to health concerns in August.

The 65-year-old made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo saying he needed to be treated for a flare-up of his intestinal disease that led his first one-year stint to end abruptly in 2007.

Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to replace Abe.

Germany: End of Merkel era

Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by incumbent Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, won the general election with 25.7 per cent of the vote in September, beating the conservative union CDU/CSU and bringing an end to the Angela Merkel era.

The conservatives led by Merkel had dominated Germany’s Bundestag or the lower house of Parliament for over a decade.

With the retirement of Merkel, Germany and, to some extent, the European Union will enter a new era with unclear prospects.

China: CCP cements President Xi Jinping’s stature

Hailing Xi Jinping as the creator of a body of “theories and thoughts”, the Chinese Communist Party passed a historic resolution this November putting him on par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

The third resolution was adopted at the Central Committee’s 6th plenum paving the way for a third term for the President starting next year.

Haiti: President Jovenel Moise assassinated


Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife injured in an attack on their home in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

Moise had led Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the world, since 2017 but had faced widespread protests demanding his resignation.

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