September 1999


Panama: Mireya Moscoso takes office as president. José Miguel Alemán Healy becomes foreign minister, Winston Spadafora interior minister, and Víctor Juliao finance minister.
Poland: Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek dismisses Interior Minister Janusz Tomaszewski. Special Services Coordinator Janusz Palubicki takes charge of the ministry on September 3.

Singapore: S.R. Nathan takes office as president.


Sri Lanka: Former foreign minister (1977-89, 1993-94) Abdul Cader Shahul Hameed dies.


Germany: In state elections in Brandenburg, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins 39.3% of the vote (37 of 89 seats), the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 26.6% (25), the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) 23.3% (22), the German People's Union (DVU) 5.3% (5), the Greens 1.9%, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 1.9%. Turnout is 54.4%. In Saarland, the CDU wins 45.5% (26 of 51 seats), the SPD 44.4% (25), the Greens 3.2%, and the FDP 2.6%. Turnout is 68.7%. On September 29 Peter Müller (CDU) becomes minister-president.


Paraguay: Foreign Minister Miguel Abdón Saguier resigns. He is replaced by José Félix Fernández Estigarribia.


South Africa: Israel Mcwayizeni Zulu ka Nkashiyana, former regent of kwaZulu (1968-71), dies.


Nauru: Former president (1978, 1995-96) Lagumot Harris dies.


Germany: In state elections in Thüringen, the CDU wins 51% of the vote (49 of 88 seats), the PDS 21.4% (21), the SPD 18.5% (18), the DVU 3.1%, the Greens 1.9%, and the FDP 1.1%. Turnout is 59.9%.


Kuwait: Former British political agent (1944-45) Gordon Noel Jackson dies.


Brazil: Former governor of São Paulo (1967-71) and foreign minister (1986-90) Roberto Costa de Abreu Sodré dies.
European Union: Romano Prodi takes office as president of the Commission.
Mauritania: Former foreign minister (1968-70, 1971-78) Hamdi Ould Mouknass dies.


Canada: In Saskatchewan elections, the New Democratic Party wins 39.6% of the vote (29 of 58 seats), the Saskatchewan Party 38.7% (25), and the Liberal Party 20.2% (3).


Australia: In Victoria elections, the Labor Party wins 46.4% of first-preference votes, the Liberal Party 41.4%, and the National Party 4.8%. Turnout is 76.3%.


Austria: In state elections in Vorarlberg, the People's Party wins 45.8% of the vote, the Freedom Party 27.4%, the Social Democratic Party 13%, and the Greens 6%. Turnout is 87.8%.
Central African Republic: In presidential elections, incumbent Ange-Félix Patassé wins 51.6% of the vote, followed by former presidents André Kolingba (19.4%) and David Dacko (11.2%). Turnout is 56.4%.
Germany: In state elections in Sachsen, the CDU wins 56.9% of the vote (76 of 120 seats), the PDS 22.2% (30), the SPD 10.7% (14), the Greens 2.6%, the National Democratic Party 1.4%, and the FDP 1.1%. Turnout is 61.1%.
Russia: Valery Serdyukov is elected governor of Leningrad oblast.


Canada: In Manitoba elections, the New Democratic Party wins 44.8% of the vote (31 of 57 seats), the Progressive Conservatives 40.7% (25), and the Liberals 13.3% (1).


North Korea: Former premier (1977-84) Li Jong Ok dies.
Yemen: In presidential elections, incumbent Ali Abdullah Saleh is reelected with 96.3% of the vote over Najeeb Qahtan al-Shaabi (3.7%). Turnout is about 66%.


Nicaragua: José Antonio Alvarado succeeds Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Barrios as defense minister. René Herrera becomes interior minister, replacing Jaime Cuadra Somarriba.
United Kingdom: Labour wins two by-elections, in Hamilton South and Wigan.


Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak is confirmed in a referendum with 93.8% of the vote.


China: Former acting governor of Hong Kong (1982) Sir Philip Haddon-Cave dies.


Chile: Former junta member Gustavo Leigh Guzmán dies.