September 2000


Finland: Ville Itälä becomes interior minister.


Lebanon: In parliamentary elections held August 27 and September 3, a scattering of small parties and 20 nonpartisans win seats in the 128-member parliament.


Liberia: Defense Minister Daniel Chea is placed under house arrest. President Charles Taylor names Sylvanus Williams to replace him, but Chea is reinstated on September 11.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: The parliament of the Republika Srpska passes a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Milorad Dodik (43-1).


Mauritius: Former governor-general (1986-92) and president (1992) Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo dies.




Mauritius: The alliance of the Mauritian Militant Movement and the Mauritian Socialist Movement wins parliamentary elections with 51.7% of the vote (54 of 62 seats) against the alliance of the Mauritius Labour Party and the Mauritian Party Xavier Duval with 36.5% (6 seats). Turnout is 71.4%. The new government announced on September 15 and sworn in September 17 includes Sir Anerood Jugnauth as prime minister, interior minister, and defense minister, Anil Gayan as foreign minister, and Paul Bérenger as finance minister.


China: Former chairman of the government of Guangxi (1989-98) Cheng Kejie is executed.
Portugal: Nuno Severiano Teixeira is sworn in as interior minister.


India: Dharma Vira, former governor of Punjab (1966-67), Haryana (1966-67), West Bengal (1967-69), and Mysore (1969-72), dies.


Mexico: Former Guerrero governor (1981-87) Alejandro Cervantes Delgado dies.


Yugoslavia: In presidential elections, Vojislav Kostunica wins 49% of the vote and incumbent Slobodan Milosevic 38.6% according to official figures, requiring a runoff on October 8; the opposition claims Kostunica won outright with 52.5% against 32% for Milosevic. In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia wins 58 seats against 44 seats for the Socialist Party of Serbia-Yugoslav Left, 28 for the Socialist National Party, and 3 for the Serb Radical Party.


Belarus: Uladzimir Navumau is appointed interior minister.
Canada: Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow announces his resignation.


Palau: In presidential primary elections, Vice President Tommy Remengesau wins 43.2% of the vote, Peter Sugiyama 22%, and Billy Kuartei 18.1%.


Australia: Former administrator of the Northern Territory (1961-64) and of Norfolk Island (1964-66) Roger Bede Nott dies.
Canada: Former prime minister (1968-79, 1980-84) Pierre Elliott Trudeau dies.
Thailand: Former prime minister (1957) Pote Sarasin dies.
Yugoslavia: Vidoje Zarkovic, chairman of the Executive Council (1967-69), president of the People's Assembly (1969-74), and secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists (1984) of Montenegro and president of the Presidium of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia (1985-86), dies.


Nepal: Home Affairs Minister Govinda Raj Joshi resigns. Ram Chandra Poudel takes over the portfolio.
Uzbekistan: Defense Minister Yury Agzamov is dismissed and Kadyr Gulyamov appointed in his place.