10 Major Political Events in 2020 Across the World
2020 is likely to be a year remembered for record-breaking political engagement, social activism, and the coronavirus pandemic. However, the year 2020 has seen its fair share of major historic events including departure of the UK from the EU and US presidential elections. Here are 10 major political events that happened in 2020 so far.
Iranian General Qasim Soleimani Killed in US Airstrike
Following the orders of U.S. President Donald Trump, Iranian general Qasim Soleimani was killed in Baghdad via US drone strike on January 3, 2020. This was one of the first international events of the year.
The airstrike was carried out because according to Donald Trump, “Soleimani had killed and was planning to kill more Americans”.
Majority of the democratic officials, including Joe Biden, spoke out against the airstrike and Trump’s decision while Senate Majority leaders spoke out in the favour of Trump’s decision.
Storms of protest followed in Iran. As per the BBC, Soleimani was supposed as the “second dominant public figure in Iran” at the time of his death.
Iran fires dozens of missiles at two military bases in Iraq
Iran launched dozens of ballistic missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq housing American soldiers on 8 January. No deaths and casualties were reported but above 100 American soldiers stationed at Iraqi military bases were diagnosed with serious brain injuries.
The attack was supposed to be tit for tat against the US airstrike that killed the Iranian general Qasim Soleimani.
Iran declared this retaliation as ” proportionate measure of self-defence” and as a reaction, Donald Trump introduced new barriers against Iran.
A Ukraine plane shot down by Iran
A bit later after Iran fired an attack at US military bases in Iraq, Iran shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 753 on 8 January. In this attack, 176 passengers were killed.
Later Iran took responsibility for the incident by declaring it a “human error” by saying the plane was shot down unintentionally
The UK leaves the EU
After more than three tumultuous years of political disturbances and protests, the United kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union on January 31, marking this historic departure as “Brexit.”
Also, Britain became the first country to ever leave the European union. Since 51.89% of people voted to withdraw from the EU. The majority was from England, Scotland, Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Boris Johnson said on his video message at the time, “The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning.”
Blame Game between the US and China over Coronavirus
China and the United States blamed one another for fear of hyping the coronavirus. Both sides verbally fight to shape the narrative about the virus’ origins. Trump attempted to brand the pandemic as “Chinese Virus” whereas the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a tweet that “it is possible that the US military brought the virus to Wuhan.”
Kim Jong Un Death Rumours
Rumours circulated in April that North Korean major Leader Kim Jong Un had died due to mysterious illnesses. However, all of the rumours were soon proven to be false. He emerged in later photos released by the state media captured at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Black Lives Matter Movement
One of the biggest news stories of the year was a reawakening of the Black Lives Matter Movement. People across the United States participated in protests to make better the police and justice for Black people across the nation and the world.
Port Explosion in Beirut
On 4 August, a warehouse at Beirut port exploded due to the storage of a large amount of ammonium nitrate. This caused 204 deaths and 6,500 injuries. The blast in Beirut is supposed to have been caused by a fire inside the warehouse.
According to locals, the explosion was felt dozens of miles away.
Joe Biden becomes president-elect
On 7 November, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, winning against President Donald Trump.
Ceasefire Agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia
A ceasefire agreement of 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh was signed between Azerbaijan and Armenia, declaring the end of the war between both countries. On the other hand, Armenians destroyed their own houses by fire as they left Azerbaijan.