2016 year in review: Trump declared next US president

2016 year in review: Trump declared next US president
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It was an interesting year for politics in various parts of the world.

For starters, the Panama Papers, leaked in April, contained 11.5 million documents from the database of law firm Mossack Fonseca and was one of the biggest data leaks in history. A total of 143 politicians from 50 countries and their close associates were reported to have used offshore tax havens. Some of the implicated included Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, who resigned as a result.

Just two months later on June 23, the world was again shocked when the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum now known as Brexit. David Cameron resigned promptly after the results, and Theresa May became the UK's new prime minister.

Closer to home, S Korea's first female president Park Geun Hye fell from grace as she was alleged to have allowed Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a cult leader, to mastermind major government policies and decisions. An angered Korean public has called for her resignation and she may now face impeachment.

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Despite all these events, our pick for shocker of the year is when Donald trumped Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 US Presidential Election. The result devastated many Clinton supporters and thousands took to the streets to protest against Trump's victory, declaring 'Not my President' and 'We reject the president-elect!' Only time will tell if Trump will deliver on his promises to change the establishment.

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