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These are some of the notable events relating to politics in 2011.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Tahrir Square, Egypt, 8 February 2011
  • January 6 – Investigation continues into BP oil spill off Gulf of Mexico[1]
  • January 20 – New Tunisian government lifts bans on previously outlawed political groups, frees political prisoners [6]
  • January 22 – Algerians defy ban on government protests, protest in capital [7]
  • January 24 – Protests in Yemeni capital Sanaa, spurned on by changes in Tunisia [10]
  • January 30 – In a preliminary vote, 99% of South Sudan votes to split from the North, brought about by the 2005 peace agreement which ended two decades of war [12]
  • January 31 – Egyptian army rules out the use of force against the thousands of protesters across the country [14]

February[edit]

King Abdullah of Jordan
Mummar Gaddafi in 1973
  • February 1 – King Abdullah II, King of Jordan, dismisses the government of Jordan, appoints new PM with orders to implement political reform [15]
  • February 3 – Gunfire in central Cairo, as pro-Mubarak protesters clash with anti-Mubarak protesters [17]
  • February 4 – Crowds grow in Tahrir Square as protesters rally to celebrate day of departure [18]
  • February 7 – Egyptian government raises pay of public sector workers by 15% in attempt to quell protests [19]
  • February 8 – North Korea and South Korea initiate military talks after year long hiatus [20]
  • February 12 – Egypt's military leaders, currently in control of country, pledge to uphold all existing international treaties [21]
  • February 13 – Egypt's military, currently in control of country, dissolve parliament and suspend constitution, stating they will control the country for 6 months or until elections can be held [22]
  • February 13 – Italian women stage anti Berlusconi demonstrations, in wake of allegations of sexual misconduct [23]
  • February 14 – Large protests around Algerian capital, protesters call for democratic leadership [24]
  • February 16 – Protests erupt in Benghazi, Libya [25]
  • February 16 – Police and pro democracy protesters clash] in Manama Bahrain [26]
  • February 20 – Clashes across the city of Benghazi leave 200 dead and 900 injured [27]
  • February 20 – Security forces shut down protests in Tehran [28]
  • February 22 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi refuses to stand down amid wide spread protests [29]
  • February 25 – Barack Obama announces American sanctions against Gaddafi's Libya [30]
  • February 27 – Unrest in Libya spark border crisis, as civilians attempting to flee violence cross into neighboring countries [32]

March[edit]

  • March 2 – Pakistani minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti killed in ambush in Islamabad [33]
Helicopter flies over Sendai, Japan
  • March 4 – Libyan security forces force protesters from Tripoli, Gaddafi's stronghold [34]
  • March 9 – Wisconsin bans collective bargaining for state's public employees [36]
  • March 10 – Security forces in Saudi Arabia shoot at protesters [37]
  • March 20 – Egyptian voters vote in favor of constitutional amendments that pave the way for elections in June [40]
  • March 23 – 15 protesters are killed when security forces clash with anti-government protesters[where?][41]
  • March 30 – Libya's foreign minister defects while in Britain, claims attacks on civilians as reason for defection [42]
  • March 30 – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad does not lift state of emergency, in place for several decades[43]

April[edit]

  • April 3 – Protests spread in eastern Afghanistan in reaction to a Florida Priest burning the Quran [44]
Alassane Ouattara, 5th President of the Ivory Coast
  • April 6 – Portugal to seek bailout from EU, cite rising debt and inability to raise funds on international markets [45]
  • April 10 – France begins enforcing a ban on face veils, begins detaining those wearing face veils [46]
  • April 13 – Egyptian prosecutors order the detention of Mubarak and his sons [48]
  • April 14 – American Congress votes to approve budget bill, financing the government through September [49]
  • April 20 – Syrian government passes law to lift decades old state of emergency, dissolve state security courts, and pass law to allow peaceful protests [50]
  • April 22 – Japanese government approves a disaster relief budget of 4 trillion Yen to begin the cleanup from March's tsunami [51]
  • April 23 – At least 75 people are killed in clashes between security forces and anti-regime protesters in Syria, planned funerals expected to draw large crowds [52]
  • April 23 – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees to step down in exchange for immunity for him and his family, Saleh held power for 32 years [53]
  • April 24 – Pope Benedict XVI calls for peace in the Middle East and Africa, and mentions the plight of the Japanese people in Easter message [54]
  • April 27 – The Palestinian movements of Hamas and Fatah announced that they are ready to form a unity government, raising hopes for a more unified Palestine [55]
  • April 27 – President Obama releases his birth certificate [56]
  • April 30 – Syrian security forces surround and raid the Omari Mosque in Daraa [58]
  • April 30 – Gaddafi's youngest son and three grandchildren are killed in a Nato airstrike in Tripoli [59]

May[edit]

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
  • May 2 – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wins majority in election, New Democratic Party takes opposition [61]
  • May 7 – The Pentagon releases the home videos of Osama Bin Laden, seized during raid on Bin Laden's compound [62]
  • May 13 – Pakistani officials condemn unilateral American raid and drone strikes inside Pakistan [64]
  • May 16 – Israeli security forces and Pro-Palestinian protesters clash along Israel border, during Nakba Day protests [66]
  • May 19 – President Obama gives speech outlining America's policy toward the Middle East, specifically addressing the recent uprisings and protests occurring in the Arab world [68]
  • May 20 – President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu admit they do not share the same ideals on the path to Middle Eastern Peace [69]
  • May 27 – Leaders meeting at the G8 summit in France say that Gaddafi must step down, British PM Cameron and French President Sarkozy plan visit to Libya [71]
  • May 29 – FIFA suspends 2 top executives amid bribery allegations, clears top executive Blatter [72]

June[edit]

Ali Abdullah Saleh, 1st President of Yemen
  • June 3 – Syrian security forces open fire on protester killing 34, government cuts Internet access in attempt to quell protests [74]
  • June 4 – Long time Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh heads to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment for injuries sustained during a rocket attack, the President's absence from the country prompted protests and rumors of his stepping down [75]
  • June 13 – Several doctors and nurses from Bahrain go on trial for allegedly taking control of a hospital, storring weapons, and holding prisoners during anti-government protests [76]
  • June 19 – The European Union announced that Greece would receive more loans to prevent the country from defaulting on previous loans [78]
  • June 21 – A Tunisian court has sentenced former President Ben Ali and his wife to jail in absentia for 35 years, for embezzlement and missing public funds [79]
Prince William and Princess Kate in Prince Edward Island Canada
  • June 22 – President Obama announced his plans to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and a total of 33,000 by the middle of 2012 [80]
  • June 25 – Chinese activist Hu Jia was released from prison after serving three and a half years on subversion charges [81]

July[edit]

  • July 7 – British newspaper News of the World shuts down amid accusations that it eavesdropped on numerous high-profile people [88]

August[edit]

Hosni Mubarak
  • August 3 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak pleads not guilty as trial begins, was brought to courtroom in a cage [100]
  • August 7 – Protesters in London riot in response to fatal police shooting [102]
  • August 11 – Debate held for Republican nomination for the president [104]
  • August 24 – Kim Jong-il initiated rare talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaks about possibility of denuclearisation and economic cooperation [109]
  • August 31 – Libyan Rebels issue ultimatum to troops still loyal to Muammar Qaddafi, rebels say loyalists must surrender or face an attack [113]

September[edit]

  • September 2 – Turkey expels Israeli diplomats in protest over Israeli raid on Gaza-bound ship, in which 9 Turkish nationals died [114]
  • September 6 – A convoy of armed Gaddafi loyalists flee from Libya across the Northern border into Niger [115]
  • September 10 – Protesters in Egypt force their way into the Israeli embassy in Cairo, following several days of protest outside the embassy [116]
  • September 11 – Ceremonies held across America remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks a decade after the event [117]
  • September 24 – Vladimir Putin is set to return as Russia's President in 2012, Dmitry Medvedev the current President, will switch positions with Putin to become the Prime Minister [123]
  • September 25 – Women in Saudi Arabia gain the right to vote and to stand for election [124]
  • September 29 – Eurozone bailout fund is granted expanded powers in an attempt to stabilize the Euro [125]

October[edit]

Gilad Shalit Salutes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Julian Assange
  • October 2 – Greece is set to default on a bailout package despite austerity measures, the bailout package is less than a year old [126]
  • October 8 – Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh promises to cede power, a promise he has made 3 times in 2011 [127]
  • October 8 – Security council vetoes 2 resolutions on Syria, the drafts would have stopped aerial bombardment, the other would have urged a halt to hostilities [128]
  • October 9 – Germany's Merkel and France's Sarkozy agree to important changes to the way the Eurozone operates, in an attempt to end Euro crisis [130]
  • October 15 – At least 70 people are injured in Rome, as protesters clash with police, amid protests inspired by Occupy Wall Street [132]
  • October 31 – Global population reaches 7 Billion [138]

November[edit]

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece
  • November 10 – Papademos named as new Prime Minister of Greece [143]
  • November 12 – The Arab League suspends Syria from meetings and adopts sanctions against Damascus, amid failure to end government crackdown on protesters [147]
  • November 18 – 100's of people are arrested as Occupy Wall Street protesters march across the Brooklyn Bridge [150]
  • November 28 – First day of Egyptian elections since the military seized power [154]

December[edit]

Kim Jong-il
  • December 10 – Citizens of Russia gather to protest against alleged election fraud, the biggest protest in over 20 years [161]
  • December 13 – The UN estimates at least 5000 people have been killed in crackdowns on anti-regime activists [163]
  • December 16 – At least 10 people die in clashes between striking oil workers and government forces in Kazakhstan [165]
  • December 19 – Warrant issued by President of Iraq, for the arrest of Vice President on terrorism charges [168]

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