July 2003


Guinea-Bissau: President Kumba Ialá sacks Foreign Minister Joãozinho Vieira Có and names Francisca Vaz Turpin to replace him. She refuses the appointment and on July 3 Fatumata Djau Baldé is named to the post, taking office July 4.





Switzerland: Erich Straumann becomes president of the government of Basel-Land, Markus Dürr Schultheiss of Luzern, Beat Fuchs Landammann of Nidwalden, Maria Küchler-Flury Landammann of Obwalden, and Hans Ulrich Stöckling president of the government of Sankt Gallen.


Anguilla: Alan Huckle is appointed as governor. He is to take up his appointment in May 2004.
Montserrat: Deborah Barnes Jones is appointed as governor, to take office in April 2004.

Spain: Miguel Ángel Revilla takes office as president of the Council of Government of Cantabria.


Zambia: President Levy Mwanawasa appoints Ng'andu Magande as finance minister.


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Kiribati: Anote Tong from the opposition party Boutokaan Te Koaua is elected president with 47.4% of the vote, followed by his brother Harry Tong (Maneaban Te Mauri) with 43.5% and Banuera Berina (Maurin Kiribati Pati) with 9.1%. Anote Tong is sworn in as president on July 10. The new government includes Amberoti Nikora as internal affairs minister and Nabuti Mwemwenikarawa as finance minister.

Spain: The parliament of Canarias elects Adán Martín Menis president of the government. He takes office July 8.


Austria: Former Landeshauptmann of Burgenland (1991-2000) Karl Stix dies.
Japan: Former foreign minister (1981-82) Yoshio Sakurauchi dies.
Kuwait: In parliamentary elections, Islamists win 21 of 50 seats, government supporters 14, liberals 3, and independents 12.


Mauritania: President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya names Sghair Ould M'Bareck as new prime minister. The new government includes Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Jaafar as defense minister, Mahfoud Ould Mohamed Ali as finance minister, and Kaba Ould Elewa as interior minister; Mohamed Ould Tolba remains foreign minister.
Mexico: In parliamentary elections, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) wins 224 of 500 seats in the lower house, the National Action Party (PAN) 153, and the Party of the Democratic Revolution 95. Results of gubernatorial elections:


Iraq: Gen. John Abizaid takes over from Gen. Tommy Franks as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command.


Brazil: Former governor of Paraíba (1979-82, 1987-91) Tarcísio de Miranda Burity dies.

Nigeria: Oluyemi Adeniji is sworn in as foreign minister.
Serbia and Montenegro: Michael Steiner leaves as UN administrator of Kosovo. Charles H. Brayshaw becomes acting administrator.


Congo (Brazzaville): Former French high commissioner (1959-60) Guy Georgy dies.

Italy: Carlo Perrin becomes president of Valle d'Aosta.
Switzerland: Former president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel (1969-70, 1975-76, 1979-80) Rémy Schläppy dies.


African Union: Joaquim Chissano, president of Mozambique, becomes chairman for the next 12 months. Alpha Oumar Konaré, former president of Mali, is elected as new chairman of the Commission; he is sworn in on July 12 but will take office in September.

Belarus: President Alyaksandr Lukashenka sacks Prime Minister Henadz Navitski and appoints Syarhey Sidorski as acting prime minister.
Bhutan: A new government is named including Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk as foreign minister, Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley as home minister, and Lyonpo Wangdi Norbu as finance minister.


Belgium: Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's new government takes office. Patrick Dewael becomes interior minister.


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Iraq: A 25-member Governing Council is established. Its acting head is initially Muhammad Bahr al-Uloum. On July 29 a nine-member presidency is named, and on July 30 it is decided to rotate the presidency of the council monthly among those nine members, beginning with Ibrahim al-Jaafari in August.
Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Jabir Al Ahmad Al Jabir Al Sabah appoints his half-brother, Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jabir Al Sabah, as prime minister. On July 14 a new cabinet is named including Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jabir Al Sabah, another half-brother of the emir, as interior minister, Sheikh Muhammad Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah as foreign minister, and Mahmud al-Nuri as finance minister. The cabinet is sworn in on July 15.


Guatemala: Former foreign minister (1958) Carlos García Bauer dies.

Nigeria: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is named finance minister, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso defense minister, and Iyorchia Ayu internal affairs minister. Mallam Nasir el-Rufai takes office as minister of the Federal Capital Territory on July 17.
São Tomé and Príncipe: A military coup is staged by Maj. Fernando Pereira while President Fradique de Menezes is out of the country. Prime Minister Maria das Neves is detained. Pereira announces the formation of a Military Junta of National Salvation. On July 23 Menezes returns after signing a deal that ended the coup.


Indonesia: Imam Utomo is reelected as governor of Jawa Timur.


Albania: Foreign Minister Ilir Meta resigns. On July 22 Marko Bello is nominated to be foreign minister, but he is rejected by parliament on July 28. On July 29 Luan Hajdaraga is named acting foreign minister.
France: Former president of the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie (1974-78, 1982-83) Léon Jozeau-Marigné dies.


Switzerland: Former foreign minister (1970-78) and president (1975) Pierre Graber dies.


Indonesia: Lalu Serinate is elected governor of Nusa Tenggara Barat, defeating incumbent Harun Al Rasyid.
Jordan: Prime Minister Ali Abu al-Ragheb forms a new government. Samir Habashneh replaces Qaftan al-Majali as interior minister.


Netherlands Antilles: Ben Komproe succeeds Etienne Ys as prime minister.


Honduras: Aníbal Quiñónez becomes foreign minister.
Isle of Man: Former chairman of the Executive Council (1961-67) Sir Charles Kerruish dies.


Bermuda: In parliamentary elections, Premier Jennifer Smith's Progressive Labour Party wins 22 seats (51.7% of the vote) and the United Bermuda Party 14 (48%). Following a revolt in her own party Smith resigns and Alex Scott is sworn in as premier on July 29. In the new cabinet named on July 30, Randy Horton replaces Terry Lister as home affairs minister, while Eugene Cox stays on as finance minister.
Indonesia: Mardiyanto is reelected as governor of Jawa Tengah.


Peru: Jaime Quijandría is named to replace Javier Silva Ruete as finance minister, and Fernando Rospigliosi to become interior minister.
Serbia and Montenegro: Former Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri is named as new UN administrator for Kosovo.
United States: Barbara McConnell Barrett is nominated as Air Force secretary to replace James Roche, who has been nominated (but not yet approved by the Senate) as Army secretary. Meanwhile, Colin McMillan, who was awaiting Senate confirmation as Navy secretary, died on July 24 in an apparent suicide.


Cambodia: In parliamentary elections, the ruling Cambodian People's Party wins 73 of 123 seats in the National Assembly (47.4% of the votes), the FUNCINPEC party 26 (20.8%), and the Sam Rainsy Party 24 (21.8%). Turnout is 81%.
Congo (Kinshasa): Former foreign minister (1972-74, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1988-90) and prime minister (1980-81, 1991-92) Nguza Karl-I-Bond dies.
Philippines: Former foreign secretary (1961-63) Emmanuel Pelaez dies.


Australia: Quentin Bryce takes office as governor of Queensland.


Colombia: Former foreign minister (1981-82) Carlos Lemos Simmonds dies.
Solomon Islands: Francis Zama replaces Snyder Rini as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

Somalia: Edna Adan Ismail is sworn in as foreign minister of Somaliland.
Togo: Kokou Tozoun is named foreign minister and Débaba Bale finance minister.


Pakistan: Former president of Azad Kashmir (1947-50, 1957-59, 1975-78, 1996-2001) Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan dies.