September 2006






Czech Republic: Mirek Topolánek, the prime minister-designate, announces the composition of his cabinet with Alexandr Vondra as foreign minister, Jirí Sedivý as defense minister, Vlastimil Tlustý as finance minister, and Ivan Langer as interior minister. The new cabinet is installed on September 4.
Serbia: Joachim Rücker takes office as head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.
United States: Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor dies. Luke Ravenstahl is sworn in as mayor.


Central African Republic: In a government reshuffle, Côme Zoumara becomes foreign minister and Prime Minister Élie Doté takes on the finance portfolio.


India: Former chief minister of Bihar (1989) Satyendra Narayan Sinha dies.


Burundi: Second Vice President Alice Nzomukunda resigns. On September 7 the parliament elects Marina Barampama in her place; she is sworn in on September 12.
United States: President George W. Bush nominates Mary Peters as transportation secretary. The Senate confirms her (by voice vote) on September 30.


Cape Verde: Cristina Duarte is named finance minister.
Côte d'Ivoire: Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny offers the resignation of his cabinet. President Laurent Gbagbo accepts but asks Banny to form a new government. Its composition is announced on September 16. The interior ministry is divided into two portfolios: territorial administration (Daniel Bamba Cheikh) and security (Joseph Dja Blé).
Pakistan: Former foreign minister (1978, 1981-82) Agha Shahi dies.

Russia: Nikolay Khlyntsov is approved by the local parliament as the new prime minister of North Ossetia-Alania.


Bhutan: Foreign Minister Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk takes office as prime minister.

Canada: Mayann E. Francis is sworn in as lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia.


Cyprus: Interior Minister Andreas Christou resigns. He is replaced by Neoklis Silikiotis.
Guyana: President Bharrat Jagdeo announces a new cabinet, with Clement Rohee as home affairs minister and Ashni Singh as finance minister; they are sworn in on September 9.
New Caledonia: Former vice president of the Government Council (1957-59, 1978-79) Maurice Lenormand dies.
United States: Former governor of Montana (1973-81) Thomas Judge dies.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in Queensland, the Australian Labor Party wins 59 of 89 seats (46.9% of the vote), the Nationals 17 (17.8%), and the Liberal Party 8 (20.1%). Turnout is 90.5%.


Montenegro: In parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's Coalition for European Montenegro wins 41 of 81 seats, the Serbian List 12, the Socialist People's Party 11, and the Movement for Change 11.


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Tonga: King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV dies in New Zealand (September 10, 23:34, New Zealand time = September 11, 0:34, Tonga time). He is succeeded by Crown Prince Tupouto'a, who takes the name George Tupou V.


Benin: Former foreign minister (1982-84) Tiamiou Adjibadé dies.
Oman: Former British consul-general (1963-65) John Spenser Ritchie Duncan (also political agent in Qatar, 1958-59) dies.
Russia: In Adygeya, President Khazret Sovmen dismisses Acting Prime Minister Yevgeny Kovalev. On September 16 Kazbek Paranuk is appointed acting prime minister.


Burundi: Denise Sinankwa is appointed finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
Cyprus: Defense Minister Phivos Klokkaris announces his resignation (said to have been submitted to President Tassos Papadopoulos on September 5), which is accepted by the president on September 25. Finance Minister Michalis Sarris becomes acting defense minister.
United States: Former governor of Texas (1991-95) Ann Richards dies.


India: The chief minister of Jharkhand, Arjun Munda, resigns. On September 15 Madhu Koda is asked to form a government; he is sworn in as chief minister on September 18.



Vatican City: Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone takes office as secretary of state. Dominique Mamberti is appointed secretary for relations with states ("foreign minister").


Sweden: Former foreign minister (1985-91) Sten Andersson dies.

Togo: President Faure Gnassingbé names Yawovi Agboyibo as prime minister. His cabinet is appointed on September 20. Kwesi Séléagodji Ahoomey-Zunu becomes minister of territorial administration and Col. Atcha Titikpina minister of security.


Germany: In state elections in Berlin, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins 30.8% of the vote (53 of 151 seats), the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 21.3% (37), the Left Party 13.4% (23), the Greens 13.1% (23), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 7.6% (13). Turnout is 58%. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the SPD wins 30.2% (23 of 71 seats), the CDU 28.8% (22), the Left 16.8% (13), the FDP 9.6% (7), the National Democratic Party 7.3% (6), and the Greens 3.4% (0). Turnout is 59.2%.
Sweden: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democratic Party wins 35% of the vote (130 of 349 seats), the Moderate Party 26.2% (97), the Centre Party 7.9% (29), the People's Party 7.5% (28), the Christian Democrats 6.6% (24), the Left Party 5.8% (22), and the Green Party 5.2% (19). Turnout is 82%. Prime Minister Göran Persson resigns on September 18 and on September 19 Fredrik Reinfeldt is asked to form a new government.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in New Brunswick, the Liberal Party wins 47.1% of the vote (29 of 55 seats), the Progressive Conservative Party 47.5% (26), and the New Democratic Party 5.1% (0).
United States: Former governor of Massachusetts (1979-83) Edward J. King dies.


Thailand: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government is overthrown in a military coup. Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, the army commander-in-chief, takes the reins of power at the head of a Democratic Reform Council.


Russia: Former head of the administration of Volgograd oblast (1991-97) Ivan Shabunin dies.
Yemen: In presidential elections, incumbent Ali Abdullah Saleh is reelected with 77.2% of the vote, against 21.8% for Faisal Bin Shamlan. Turnout is 65%.


Cameroon: Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara is named foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
The Gambia: In presidential elections, incumbent Yahya Jammeh (Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction) wins 67.3% of the vote, Ousainou Darboe (United Democratic Party) 26.6%, and Halifa Sallah (National Alliance for Democracy and Development) 5.9%. Turnout is about 59%.
Poland: Zyta Gilowska is reappointed to her former posts of deputy prime minister and finance minister. At the same time Andrzej Lepper is dismissed as deputy prime minister.


Estonia: Toomas Hendrik Ilves is elected president with 174 votes in the 345-member electoral college, against 162 votes for incumbent Arnold Rüütel. Ilves is to take office October 9.


Cyprus: A new cabinet is approved in North Cyprus. Turgay Avci becomes foreign minister.


Cook Islands: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party wins 51.9% of the vote (15 of 24 seats), the Cook Islands Party 45.5% (7), and independents 2.7% (1); one seat is tied. Turnout is 86.7%.

Japan: Shinzo Abe is elected by parliament and sworn in as prime minister. He names Koji Omi as finance minister, Yoshihide Suga as internal affairs minister, and Fumio Kyuma as director-general of the defense agency; Taro Aso keeps his post of foreign minister.
Mexico: Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez takes office as governor of Guanajuato.


Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Patrick Manning accepts the resignation of Foreign Minister Knowlson Gift. On September 29 Arnold Piggott is sworn in as foreign minister.


Gibraltar: Sir Robert Fulton is sworn in as governor.


Brazil: Former governor of Acre (1979-83) Joaquim Falcăo Macedo dies.
Zambia: In presidential elections, incumbent Levy Mwanawasa of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) wins 43% of the vote, Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front (PF) 29.4%, and Hakainde Hichilema of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) 25.3%. In parliamentary elections, 72 of 150 elected seats go to the MMD while the PF wins 44 and the UDA 27. (With 8 members appointed by the president, there are 158 seats.) Turnout is 70.8%.


Switzerland: Former president of the government of Bern (1981-82) Gotthelf Bürki dies.


China: Zhou Qiang is appointed acting governor of Hunan.