June 2003


India: Ajai Singh is appointed governor of Assam. He is sworn in on June 5.




Switzerland: Alice Scherrer takes office as Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Urs Gasche as president of the government of Bern, Thierry Béguin as president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, and Bernhard Koch as president of the government of Thurgau.
Togo: In presidential elections, incumbent Gnassingbé Eyadéma wins 57.8% of the vote and opposition candidate Emmanuel Akitani Bob 33.7%. Turnout is 72%.


India: Krishna Mohan Seth takes office as governor of Chhattisgarh and Dinesh Nandan Sahay as governor of Tripura.
Indonesia: Suwarna Abdul Fatah is reelected as governor of Kalimantan Timur.

United Nations: The high commissioner for human rights, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, arrives in Baghdad as UN special representative for Iraq for a period of four months. Deputy high commissioner Bertrand Ramcharan is acting high commissioner in Mello's absence.


Canada: In Manitoba elections, Premier Gary Doer's New Democratic Party wins 49.2% of the vote (35 of 57 seats), the Progressive Conservatives 36.9% (20), and the Liberals 12.8% (2).
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Denver, John Hickenlooper (Dem.) defeats Don Mares (Dem.) 65%-35%. Hickenlooper is to be sworn in on July 21.



Belgium: The minister-president of Brussels-Capital, François-Xavier de Donnéa, resigns. He is succeeded on June 6 by Daniel Ducarme. The minister-president of Flanders, Patrick Dewael, leaves office on June 5; Renaat Landuyt becomes acting minister-president until June 11 when Bart Somers takes office.
India: S.K. Sinha is sworn in as governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
Nepal: King Gyanendra appoints Surya Bahadur Thapa as prime minister. He is sworn in on June 5. He names a cabinet on June 11, keeping the foreign, defense, and home portfolios for himself. Prakash Chandra Lohani becomes finance minister.


Germany: Dieter Althaus becomes minister-president of Thüringen following the resignation of Bernhard Vogel.
Liberia: Vice President Moses Blah resigns. He is reinstated on June 13.
Sri Lanka: Wasantha Aluvihare is sworn in as chief minister of Central province.


Colombia: Finance Minister Roberto Junguito resigns and is replaced by his deputy, Alberto Carrasquilla.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Córdoba, incumbent José Manuel de la Sota (Justicialist Party) wins 51.4% of the vote and Oscar Raúl Aguad (Radical Civic Union) 37.1%. Turnout is 73.5%.
Italy: In regional elections in Valle d'Aosta, the Union Valdôtaine wins 47.2% of the votes (18 of 35 seats) and the Stella Alpina (Alpine Star) party 19.8% (9). In elections in Friuli-Venezia Giulia held on June 8-9, Forza Italia wins 21.6% (11 of 53 seats), the Democrats of the Left 16.6% (10), Margherita-Democracy and Freedom 14.8% (9), and the National Alliance 11.6% (5); the first direct election for president is won by Riccardo Illy with 53.2% of the votes against 43.2% for Alessandra Guerra. Illy takes office on June 16.
Mauritania: Former foreign minister (1986-88) Mohamed Lemine Ould N'Diayane (current army chief of staff) is killed in a failed coup after refusing to surrender to the insurgents.


Canada: In New Brunswick elections, Premier Bernard Lord's Progressive Conservative Party wins 45.5% of the vote (28 of 55 seats), the Liberal Party 44.4% (26), and the New Democratic Party 9.7% (1).
Costa Rica: Alberto Dent Zeledón is named finance minister, to take office July 1.
Czech Republic: Miroslav Kostelka is named as new defense minister.


Netherlands Antilles: Former prime minister (1977-79) Silvio Gerard Marie Rozendal dies.
United States: Former treasury secretary (1981-85) and White House chief of staff (1985-87) Donald Regan dies.


Kazakhstan: Prime Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov resigns. On June 13 the parliament approves Daniyal Akhmetov as new prime minister. President Nursultan Nazarbayev names Yerbolat Dosayev as new finance minister on June 16.
Poland: Finance Minister Grzegorz Kolodko resigns. Prime Minister Leszek Miller appoints Andrzej Raczko as new finance minister.


Benin: A new government is named, including Rogatien Biaou as foreign minister and Daniel Tawéma as interior minister. Pierre Osho and Grégoire Laourou are confirmed as defense and finance ministers, respectively.
India: Arvind Dave is sworn in as governor of Manipur, M. Rama Jois as governor of Bihar, and Ved Marwah as governor of Jharkhand. On June 13 Vinod Chandra Pande is sworn in as governor of Arunachal Pradesh.


Indonesia: Danny Setiawan is installed as governor of Jawa Barat, replacing R. Nuriana whose term was to end on June 8 but was extended.
Nauru: President Ludwig Scotty names his cabinet, including David Adeang as finance minister.
Pakistan: Former prime minister (1996-97) Miraj Khalid dies.
Yemen: Former prime minister (1948-55) Hasan ibn Yahya dies.



Libya: Mubarak Abdallah al-Shamikh is sacked as secretary of the General People's Committee and replaced by Shukri Ghanem.


South Africa: Kaiser Daliwonga Matanzima, former chief minister (1963-76), prime minister (1976-79), and president (1979-86) of Transkei, dies.


British Virgin Islands: In parliamentary elections, the National Democratic Party wins 8 of 13 seats, and Chief Minister Ralph O'Neal's Virgin Islands Party 5. Turnout is 72.2%. On June 17 Orlando Smith is sworn in as chief minister. Ronnie Skelton becomes finance minister.
Dominican Republic: Former foreign minister (1996-2000) Eduardo Latorre Rodríguez dies.

Russia: St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev is appointed by President Vladimir Putin as a deputy prime minister in the central government. Deputy Governor Aleksandr Beglov becomes acting governor.
United States: Will Wynn is sworn in as mayor of Austin.


Jordan: In parliamentary elections, allies of King Abdullah II win 62 of 110 seats and the Islamic Action Front 18. Turnout is 58.9%.

Papua New Guinea: The provincial assembly of Simbu elects Alphonse Willie as governor, with 21 votes against 6 for Mathew Siune. He is immediately sworn in.


Finland: Prime Minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki resigns. On June 24 the parliament elects Defense Minister Matti Vanhanen as new prime minister. Seppo Kääriäinen becomes new defense minister.
Spain: The parliament of Valencia elects Francisco Enrique Camps Ortiz as president of the Generalitat. He takes office on June 20.


Indonesia: Piet Alexander Tallo is reelected as governor of Nusa Tenggara Timur.
Russia: Timur Mogushkov is appointed as prime minister of Ingushetia.


Latvia: President Vaira Vike-Freiberga is reelected by a vote of 88-6 in the 100-seat parliament.


Cuba: Georgina Barreiro Fajardo is named finance minister, replacing Manuel Millares.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Tierra del Fuego, incumbent Carlos Manfredotti (Justicialist Party) wins 29.5% of the vote, Jorge Colazo (Radical Civic Union) 26.9%, and Jorge Garramuño (Tierra del Fuego Popular Movement) 18.9%. In the second round on June 29, Colazo wins 51.8% and Manfredotti 46.3%. Turnout is 72%. Colazo is to take office Jan. 10, 2004.
Australia: Maj.Gen. Michael Jeffery is appointed to be the next governor-general. He is to be sworn in August 11.


Peru: Prime Minister Luis Solari announces the resignation of his cabinet. On June 28 President Alejandro Toledo swears in Beatriz Merino as prime minister.


Chad: Moussa Faki is named as new prime minister. The new cabinet, announced on June 25, includes Nagoum Yamassoum as foreign minister.


Ukraine: President Leonid Kuchma names Yevhen Marchuk as new defense minister, replacing Volodymyr Shkidchenko.
United States: Former Georgia governor (1967-71) Lester Maddox dies.


Antigua and Barbuda: Robin Yearwood is appointed finance minister and Longford Jeremy minister of home affairs.
Spain: The parliament of Baleares elects Jaume Matas Palou as president of the government. He takes office June 27.
United States: Former South Carolina governor (1947-51) Strom Thurmond dies.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dragan Covic becomes chairman of the Presidency.
Iraq: The U.S. Senate confirms Lt.Gen. John Abizaid as new head of Central Command, to replace Gen. Tommy Franks on July 7.
Spain: The parliament of Cantabria elects Miguel Ángel Revilla Roiz president of the Council of Government, to take office July 2.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Tucumán, José Alperovich (Justicialist Party) wins 42.4% of the vote, Esteban Jerez (Radical Civic Union) 24.7%, and Ricardo Bussi (Republican Force) 19.2%. Alperovich is to take office October 29.


Congo (Kinshasa): The new transitional government is formed, including Antoine Ghonda as foreign minister, Jean-Pierre Ondekane as defense minister, Mutombo Kiamakosa as finance minister, and Théophile Mbemba Fundu as interior minister.
Kyrgyzstan: Arstanbek Duysheyev, former chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1979-81) and chairman of the Council of Ministers (1981-86) of the Kirgiz S.S.R., dies.