5 big international shockers that made political waves in 2016

This year has been a roller coaster ride when it comes to political uncertainty and economic stability, both locally and abroad.

Here are some unexpected political events that caused an international stir in 2016:

1. Brexit

Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) sent economic shock waves through international markets in June this year.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced his resignation after the controversial vote and people from across the world had something to say about it.

2. SA pulls out of ICC

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced that the South African government will withdraw from the Rome Statute, the legal instrument that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Masutha and others claim the Rome Statute is a hindrance for the country to engage in international relations.

The news emerged amid debates about prosecuting crimes against humanity in Africa after Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir fleed from the country in June last year.

3. The Panama Papers

World leaders, celebrities, sport stars and business moguls from across the world were all named in a data leak exposing tax evasion and money laundering.

The global elite were implicated after a group of investigative journalists deciphered over 11 million documents from a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

The so-call 'Panama Papers' revealed a network of clients - such as Khulubuse Zuma, Jackie Chan and Lionel Messi - using secret offshore accounts as tax shelters,

4. Donald Trump elected US President

Controversial business mogul Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The unexpected win left many people in bewilderment, but Trump vowed to be a President "for all Americans".

5. US pastor Steven Anderson booted

Home Affairs denied controversial American pastor Steven Anderson entry into South Africa in ahead of his schedule visit in September.

The gay-bashing pastor was also banned from the United Kingdom and deported from Botswana.

Anderson made international headlines for his position on homosexuality, and called Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other religious leaders perverted for their stance on equality and gay rights.

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