November 1997


Northern Mariana Islands: Gubernatorial elections are won by former governor Pedro P. Tenorio (Republican), with 45.6% of the vote, defeating incumbent Froilan C. Tenorio (Democrat) with 27.4% and Lieutenant Governor Jesus C. Borja (independent) with 27%. In the House of Representatives, Republicans win 13 seats and Democrats 5.


Haiti: President René Préval names Hervé Denis as prime minister. The appointment still has to be ratified by Parliament.


Congo (Brazzaville): President Denis Sassou-Nguesso names Rodolphe Adada as foreign minister, Pierre Oba as interior minister, and Mathias Dzon as finance minister.
New Zealand: Prime Minister Jim Bolger announces his resignation. He is to be succeeded by Jenny Shipley.


Jordan: In parliamentary elections, candidates loyal to King Hussein win 68 of the 80 seats in the lower house. Turnout is 44.5%.
Trinidad and Tobago: Former prime minister (1981-86) George Chambers dies.
United States: In gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, incumbent Christine Todd Whitman (Republican) wins 47%-46% over Jim McGreevey (Democrat) and in Virginia, Jim Gilmore (Republican) wins 56%-43% over Don Beyer (Democrat).


Colombia: Antonio José Urdinola is named to replace José Antonio Ocampo as finance minister in December.


United Kingdom: The Labour Party wins a by-election in Paisley.


India: Chakravarti Rangarajan is appointed governor of Andhra Pradesh. He is sworn in on November 24.


Czech Republic: Jaroslav Sedivý is sworn in as foreign minister and Jindrich Vodicka as interior minister.


Thailand: Chuan Leekpai is appointed prime minister. On November 14 King Bhumibol approves Chuan's new cabinet. Surin Pitsuwan becomes foreign minister, Tarrin Nimmanahaeminda finance minister, Sanan Kachornprasart interior minister, and Chuan himself takes the defense portfolio.


Ireland: Mary McAleese is sworn in as president.


Cyprus: Georgios Stavrinakis becomes interior minister and Georgios Charalambidis defense minister.

Germany: Ortwin Runde takes office as first mayor of Hamburg.


Morocco: In elections to the 325-seat parliament, the four-party Koutla Addimocratia opposition bloc (including the Socialist Union of People's Forces with 57 seats and the Istiqlal party with 32) wins a total of 102 seats, the rightist pro-government Wifaq group takes 100 (including the Constitutional Union with 50 seats), and the Centrists 97 (including the National Rally of Independents with 46). Turnout is 58.3%.
Papua New Guinea: Silas Atopare is elected governor-general, winning 54 votes in parliament against 44 for Sir Getake Gam. Atopare takes office on November 20.
Papua New Guinea: Jimson Sauk replaces Muki Taranupi as home affairs minister.


Myanmar: The ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council is replaced by a new body called State Peace and Development Council.


Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak names Habib al-Adli to replace Hassan al-Alfi as interior minister.


South Korea: Lim Chang Yuel replaces Kang Kyong Shik as finance minister.


Portugal: Defense Minister António Vitorino resigns. In a reshuffle on November 23 (effective November 25) José Veiga Simão is named defense minister and Jorge Coelho interior minister.
Russia: Anatoly Chubais loses his post as finance minister, but stays on as first deputy prime minister. Mikhail Zadornov is appointed new finance minister.
United Kingdom: The Liberal Democrats win a by-election in Winchester, while the Conservatives win another in Beckenham.


Egypt: Former foreign minister (1973-77) Ismail Fahmy dies.


Slovenia: Presidential elections are won by the incumbent, Milan Kucan, with 55.6% of the vote. His nearest rival Janez Podobnik wins 18.4%, followed by Jozef Bernik with 9.4% and Marjan Cerar with 7.1%. Turnout is 68.2%.


Niger: President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara dismisses the government of Prime Minister Amadou Cissé. On November 27 he names Foreign Minister Ibrahim Assane Mayaki as new prime minister.


Malawi: Former prime minister (1963-66) and president (1966-94) Hastings Kamuzu Banda dies.
United States: Former Colorado governor (1957-63) Stephen L.R. McNichols dies.


Ghana: Victor Gbeho becomes foreign minister.


India: Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral resigns.


Suriname: Former governor (1949-56) Jan Klaasesz (also queen's commissioner of Zuid-Holland, 1956-72) dies.


Czech Republic: Prime Minister Václav Klaus and his cabinet resign following the breakup of his coalition.
Honduras: Carlos Roberto Flores Facussé (Liberal Party) wins presidential elections with 52.8% of the vote against 42.7% for Alba Nora Gúnera de Melgar (National Party). In parliamentary elections, the Liberals win 68 of 128 seats (49.7% of the vote), the Nationals 54 (41.3%), and the Social Democrats 3 (4.2%).
Russia: Yury Spiridonov is reelected president of the republic of Komi, with about 60% of the vote compared to about 27% for Rita Chistokhodova.