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

Events

January

Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Tahrir Square, Egypt, 8 February 2011

February

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 1 – Egyptian President Mubarak says he will not run again after his current term ends, protesters do not capitulate[16]
  • 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 11 – Amid the 2011 Egyptian revolution, long-time president Hosni Mubarak resigns[citation needed]
  • 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 26 – UN Security Council unanimously approves sanctions against Libya[31]
  • February 27 – Unrest in Libya spark border crisis, as civilians attempting to flee violence cross into neighboring countries[32]

March

Helicopter flies over Sendai, Japan
  • March 4 – Libyan security forces force protesters from Tripoli, Gaddafi's stronghold[34]
  • March 5 – Saudi Arabia imposes ban on protests[35]
  • March 9 – Wisconsin bans collective bargaining for state's public employees[36]
  • March 10 – Security forces in Saudi Arabia shoot at protesters[37]
  • March 13 – Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan cause massive damage, Japanese Prime Minister says it is the worst crisis since the Second World War[38]
  • March 17 – UN Security Council approve a no fly zone in Libya in an effort to protect civilians[39]
  • 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

  • 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 12 – Ex president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo is detained by UN recognized Ivory Coast government led by Alassane Ouattara, when Gbagbo refused to cede power after November elections[47]
  • 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 29 – Prince William marries Catherine Middleton in royal wedding at Westminster Abbey[57]
  • 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

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
  • May 1 – Pope John Paul II is beatified[60]
  • 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 12 – American and Pakistan officials question the wives of Osama bin Laden who were captured during the raid[63]
  • May 13 – Pakistani officials condemn unilateral American raid and drone strikes inside Pakistan[64]
  • May 16 – The head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn is charged with an alleged sexual assault on a hotel maid[65]
  • May 16 – Israeli security forces and Pro-Palestinian protesters clash along Israel border, during Nakba Day protests[66]
  • May 17 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom honors Irish people killed while fighting for independence from Britain[67]
  • 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 24 – President Obama praises the United Kingdom's special ties with the United States, specifically citing their continued support post 9/11, and continued military support[70]
  • 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]
  • May 30 – South Arfrican President Jacob Zuma visits Libya on a peace missoion, seeking a diplomatic solution to the ongoing Libyan protests[73]

June

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 5 – Ollanta Humala is elected President of Peru[citation needed]
  • 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 18 – The Obama administration announced that they would begin peace talks with the Taliban, plan to eventually hand talks over to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his peace council[77]
  • 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

July

August

Hosni Mubarak

September

October

Gilad Shalit Salutes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Julian Assange

November

George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece

December

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