Changes in leaders of some nations

Edgar Lungu was sworn in as the president of Zambia. The country’s last president had passed away due to an illness in October, and the vice-president had been leading the nation since then.

Zambia is a landlocked country surrounded by 8 neighbors. Lake Kariba (image), on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, forms the world’s biggest reservoir by volume (the total amount of water in the lake – 180 cu km or  43 cu mi).

Elections were held in Greece, and Alexis Tsipras is the country’s new prime minister. He is 40 years old, and is the youngest prime minister the country has had in over a hundred years. Greece has had financial problems in the last few years. The country has borrowed large sums of money from some other nations and organizations. Many people in Greece can’t find jobs. Tsipras has promised more jobs and an increase in the minimum wages.

The Parthenon (image) in Athens, the capital of Greece, is a landmark of the country. It was built in the 400s BC as a temple for a Greek goddess. The Parthenon was later converted into a church, then a mosque, and then part of the building was destroyed during a war in the 1600s.

The president, prime minister, and other top government officials of Yemen have resigned. Four months ago, a rebel group called the Houthis took control of Yemen’s capital city called Sanaa. They said that the government was dishonest and treated their people unfairly. About a week ago, the Houthis put the president and some other officials under house arrest. The president decided to step down.

A very unique destination in Yemen is the old walled city of Shibam (image). It is nicknamed as ‘the Manhattan of the desert’. Many homes in the city were originally built in the 1500s and were multi-storied buildings made up of dried mud brick. Another unique destination is the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea. A fun activity to do there is sand boarding, where you get on a board and go down sand dunes. Here is a video about Socotra and another about sand boarding.

Image Credits: Rhys Jones for Lake Kariba’s image, http://odysseus.culture.gr/ for the Parthenon’s image, Jacques Taberlet for Shibam’s image
Sources: BBC, http://odysseus.culture.gr/, CIA World Factbook, www.nytimes.com, http://www.aljazeera.com/, http://whc.unesco.org/