Politics as usual this week in this crazy world we live in. Here is the Perpetual Traveller Political Review for week 24:
Bangladesh: Anticipate heightened security, potential violence around mayoral elections on 26 June
People travelling to Gazipur (Gazipur district) in the coming days should anticipate heightened security due to the potential for political violence around the city's mayoral elections on 26 June. The official campaign period will begin on 18 June. Violence during the electoral period will involve sporadic clashes between rival political activists, and low-level attacks on rival candidates and supporters, as well as on election-related events and facilities. Travellers are advised to avoid all political gatherings due to the risk of being caught up in clashes.
Colombia: Political gatherings surrounding 17 June presidential election run-off; plan journeys accounting for border closures
Travelers in the coming days should anticipate and avoid political gatherings surrounding the second round of the presidential election on 17 June. While the first-round vote passed off without incident and widespread unrest during the election run-off is unlikely, political tensions may result in some low-level violence in remote rural areas. Overland and river border crossings with Venezuela are closed until 18 June; overland and river border crossings with Brazil, Ecuador and Peru are closed until 16.00 (local time) on 17 June.
Italy: Prime Minister Conte to meet President Macron over migrant row
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on 15 June to discuss a diplomatic row over the handling of the SOS-Mediterranée boat carrying 629 migrants. Paris criticised Rome for refusing to harbour the boat, claiming it was violating international law. In response, the Italian government criticised Paris for only accepting 10% of the 7,000 migrants it pledged to accept from Italy. The migrant boat was eventually allowed to harbour in Spain on 11 June.
North Korea: Trump, Kim meet at historic meeting in Singapore
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting in Singapore, the first meeting between an incumbent US president and a North Korean leader. The two leaders met one on one for about 40 minutes and then held a meeting joined by a small number of aides. Senior security and diplomatic aides to the two leaders participated in a larger session of the meeting. Since becoming North Korea’s leader in late 2011, Kim has made only three known trips to foreign countries before the summit in Singapore.
Spain: Authorities allow stranded migrant boat to dock at Valencia
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain would welcome the SOS-Mediterranée ship carrying 629 migrants after it was turned away from ports in Italy and Malta on 10 June. The ship is to dock at the port of Valencia.
Turkey: General election to take place
An early general election is due to take place on 24 June, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking a second term. The election is seen as part of the country’s move towards an executive presidential system. The heightened tensions in the southeast ahead of the vote may trigger instances of violence, despite stringent security measures under the state of emergency. Unidentified assailants killed four people and injured eight others in the Suruc district of Sanliurfa province on 14 June. The attack targeted officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) while they were campaigning ahead of the vote. The government blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), though opposition commentators disputed this claim.