1. In 1994 South Africa held its first democratic election. Who became the
nation's first democratically elected president?
F.W. De Klerk
2. In 1990 Chile ended 17 years of rule by a military dictator following a
public vote. In 1998 the former dictator was arrested in London on charges of
human rights violations. Who is he?
Which religious leader declared voting a religious duty in Iraq’s recent
John Paul II
Ayatollah Sayyid Ali
first democratically elected Russian president withstood a coup attempt in
August 1991, rallying the public to denounce the military
intervention. Who was he?
In 1996 the Taliban offered current Afghan president Hamid Karzai
a post as its representative to the United Nations. True or False?
In 1998, the same year that the nation held its first successful
elections, Cambodia’s former Communist dictator Pol Pot
died under house arrest.
What was the name of his guerilla organization?
Which former police state’s popular uprising was dubbed the “Orange
Revolution," ultimately reversing the results of a contested election and
making Viktor Yushchenko its president?
East Timor achieved independence and Xanana Gusmao was elected its first
president in what year?
One of the poorest nations in the world, this sub-Saharan African
elected its first president, Mamadou Tanja, in 1999. Which nation is it?
Which playwright became the president of the Czech Republic
following the “Velvet Divorce” of 1993?
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