June 2009



El Salvador: Mauricio Funes takes office as president. Hugo Martínez becomes foreign minister, David Munguía Payés defense minister, Carlos Cáceres finance minister, and Humberto Centeno interior minister.
Switzerland: Josef Keller becomes president of the government of Sankt Gallen and Claudius Graf-Schelling president of the government of Thurgau.
United States: Julián Castro takes office as mayor of San Antonio.


Belarus: Anatoly Kuleshov is appointed interior minister.

Greenland: In parliamentary elections, the Inuit Ataqatigiit wins 43.7% of the vote (14 of 31 seats), Siumut 26.5% (9), Demokraatit 12.7% (4), Atassut 10.9% (3), and the Association of Candidates 3.8% (1). Turnout is 71.3%. Kuupik Kleist is to become new prime minister. On June 10 he presents his cabinet including Anthon Frederiksen as interior minister and Palle Christiansen as finance minister; Kleist will also serve as foreign minister. The new government is elected in parliament on June 12.
Indonesia: Sjachroedin Z.P. is sworn in as governor of Lampung.
Maldives: Mohamed Shihab is sworn in as home minister.
Switzerland: Hans-Jürg Käser is elected president of the government of Bern.
United Kingdom: Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announces her resignation. On June 5 Defence Secretary John Hutton also quits. In the reshuffled cabinet announced on June 5, Alan Johnson becomes home secretary and Bob Ainsworth defence secretary.



Andorra: Jaume Bartumeu Cassany is elected head of government by a simple majority of 14 votes in the 28-seat parliament. He is inaugurated on June 5. On June 8 the new government is named (sworn in June 9), including Xavier Espot Miró as foreign minister, Pere López as finance minister, and Víctor Naudi as interior minister.
Estonia: Prime Minister Andrus Ansip nominates Jürgen Ligi as finance minister and Marko Pomerants as interior minister. They are sworn in on June 4.
Moldova: Parliament fails a second time to elect a president, as Zinaida Greceanîi again wins 60 votes, short of the necessary 61, triggering new general elections.
Syria: Lt.Gen. Ali Habib is appointed defense minister.


Australia: Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon resigns. On June 5 John Faulkner is appointed as defense minister and Brendan O'Connor as home affairs minister, the new ministers being sworn in on June 9.

Nepal: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal expands his cabinet, Sujata Koirala becoming foreign minister. In a further expansion on June 17 Bhim Bahadur Rawal is appointed home affairs minister.


New Caledonia: The parliament elects Philippe Gomès as president of the government. On June 15 Pierre Ngaiohni is elected vice president.
Ukraine: Parliament votes 363-18 to oust the defense minister, Yuriy Yekhanurov. Valeriy Ivashchenko is appointed acting defense minister.
Uruguay: Interior Minister Daisy Tourné resigns. Transport Minister Víctor Rossi becomes acting interior minister until June 16, when Jorge Bruni takes office as new interior minister.


Belgium: Results of regional parliamentary elections: Czech Republic: The caretaker government of Prime Minister Jan Fischer receives confidence from the Chamber of Deputies (156-1).
European Union: In elections to the European Parliament held June 4-7, the European People's Party-European Democrats wins 264 of 736 seats, the Party of European Socialists 161, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe 80, the Greens 53, the Union for the Europe of Nations 35, and the European United Left/Nordic Green Left 32. Turnout is 43%. National results: Lebanon: In parliamentary elections, the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition wins 54.7% of the vote and 57 of 128 seats, while the March 14 coalition led by Saad Hariri wins 45.3% of the vote but 71 seats. On June 27 Hariri is designated prime minister.
Luxembourg: In parliamentary elections, the Christian Social People's Party wins 38% of the vote (26 of 60 seats), the Socialist Workers' Party 21.6% (13), the Democratic Party 15% (9), the Greens 11.7% (7), the Alternative Democratic Reform Party 8.1% (4), and the Left 3.3% (1).
Tonga: Former prime minister (1991-2000) Baron Vaea dies.



Gabon: President Omar Bongo Ondimba dies. The president of the Senate, Rose Francine Rogombé, is sworn in as interim president on June 10. On June 19 Prime Minister Jean Eyeghe Ndong resigns and is immediately reappointed, with Jean-François Ndongou replacing André Mba Obame as interior minister (handover ceremony on June 24).

Russia: Dmitry Mezentsev is confirmed as governor of Irkutsk oblast by the local legislature (50-0) and sworn in.
United States: Jim Suttle takes office as mayor of Omaha.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Nova Scotia, the New Democratic Party wins 45.3% of the vote (31 of 52 seats), the Liberal Party 27.2% (11), the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia 24.5% (10), and the Green Party 2.3% (0). Turnout is 58%. On June 19 Premier Rodney MacDonald resigns and Darrell Dexter is sworn in as premier.
The Gambia: President Yahya Jammeh relieves Finance Minister Musa Gibril Bala Gaye from office. On June 19 Abdou Kolley becomes finance minister.
Gibraltar: Sir Adrian Johns is appointed governor, to take office during the autumn.


Ireland: Prime Minister Brian Cowen's government wins a confidence vote in parliament (85-79).
Montenegro: Parliament approves (48-22) Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's new government, including Ivan Brajovic as interior minister.


Benin: Idrissou Daouda is nominated as finance minister.
Chad: Former prime minister and head of state (1975-78) and president (1978-79) Félix Malloum dies.
Iran: In presidential elections, incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wins 63.3% of the vote and Mir Hossein Moussavi 34.1%. Turnout is 85%.
Japan: Internal Affairs Minister Kunio Hatoyama resigns. Tsutomu Sato is appointed to the post.
Switzerland: Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin announces his resignation as of October 31.


Japan: Former governor of Shimane (1987-2007) Nobuyoshi Sumita dies.


Niger: Former foreign minister (1974-79) Moumouni Adamou Djermakoye dies.


Solomon Islands: Parliament elects Frank Kabui as the new governor-general in the fourth round of voting. He receives 30 votes, defeating Edmund Andresen (8) and the outgoing governor-general, Sir Nathaniel Waena (7). Kabui will be sworn in on July 7.


Vanuatu: The government of Prime Minister Edward Natapei wins a confidence vote in parliament (28-18).


Kazakhstan: President Nursultan Nazarbayev dismisses Defense Minister Daniyal Akhmetov. Mukhtar Altynbayev becomes acting minister. On June 24 Adilbek Dzhaksybekov is appointed as new defense minister.

Malawi: President Bingu wa Mutharika unveils his new cabinet, including Etta Banda as foreign minister, Sidik Mia as defense minister, Aaron Sangala as home affairs minister, and Ken Kandodo as finance minister.


Mongolia: Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj takes office as president.


Canada: Philip S. Lee is appointed as the next lieutenant governor of Manitoba.
Peru: Prime Minister Yehude Simon submits his resignation. He and Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas survive censure motions in parliament on June 30. The motion against the prime minister receives 56 votes with 32 votes against it and 11 abstentions; that against the interior minister 55 votes with 32 against it and 9 abstentions. In the two cases, 61 votes were required for the adoption of the motions.
Vanuatu: Joe Natuman becomes foreign minister in a government reshuffle.


Bermuda: Premier Ewart Brown survives a no-confidence motion introduced in parliament (11 votes for the motion, 22 against).
Mexico: Former governor of Jalisco (1988-89) Francisco Rodríguez Gómez dies.


Federated States of Micronesia: Former governor of Pohnpei (1983-92) and foreign minister (1992-96) Resio S. Moses dies.
United States: Lee Leffingwell is sworn in as mayor of Austin.


France: Brice Hortefeux is appointed interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

India: The chief minister of Uttarakhand, Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri, announces his resignation (formally submitted on June 25). Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is chosen as the next chief minister on June 24 and is sworn in on June 27.
Kyrgyzstan: Former chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Kirgiz S.S.R. (1981-87) Temirbek Koshoyev dies.
Nigeria: Former governor of Akwa Ibom (1992-93) Obong Akpan Isemin dies.


Canada: Former governor general (1995-99) Roméo LeBlanc dies.
Comoros: In a cabinet reshuffle, Bourhane Hamidou becomes interior minister and Vice President Ikililou Dhoinine is given the finance portfolio.
Honduras: Defense Minister Edmundo Orellana resigns.


India: Devanand Konwar is appointed as governor of Bihar (sworn in June 29), Hansraj Bhardwaj as governor of Karnataka (sworn in June 29), and Rameshwar Thakur as governor of Madhya Pradesh (sworn in June 30).


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mustafa Mujezinovic is confirmed as prime minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (62-13).
India: The governor of Assam, Shiv Charan Mathur, dies. On June 26 the governor of Nagaland, K. Sankaranarayanan, is given additional charge of Assam.


Mauritania: Under an agreement signed by all parties on June 4, the president ousted in August 2008 (who has maintained he is the legal president), Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, names a new cabinet with Yedali Ould Cheikh as defense minister, Mohamed Ould R'Zeyzim as interior minister, and Sidi Ould Salem as finance minister, Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf remaining prime minister and Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou foreign minister; on the same date, the ruling military junta, the High Council of State, is renamed the Superior Council of National Defense, and on June 27 Abdallahi officially resigns. Ba Mamadou dit M'Baré, the current interim president, is to stay in office until the swearing in of the next president, to be chosen in presidential elections on July 18.


Albania: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party and its allies win 70 of 140 seats, while the Socialists and an ally win 66.
Argentina: In elections to 127 of the 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 24 of 72 in the Senate, the Front for Victory ends up with a total of 87 seats in the Chamber and 35 in the Senate.
Guinea-Bissau: In presidential elections, former acting president Malam Bacai Sanhá (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) wins 39.6% of the vote, former president Kumba Ialá (Social Renewal Party) 29.4%, former interim president Henrique Rosa (independent) 24%, and Iaia Djaló (New Democracy Party) 3.1%. Turnout is 60%. A runoff is scheduled for August 2.


Honduras: President Manuel Zelaya is deposed in a military coup. The president of Congress, Roberto Micheletti, is named new president. He names Enrique Ortez Colindres as new foreign minister, who is sworn in on June 29 along with Gabriela Núñez as finance minister and Adolfo Lionel Sevilla as defense minister.


Cameroon: President Paul Biya appoints Philemon Yang as prime minister and Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o as defense minister.
Liberia: Former foreign minister (1994-95) Dorothy Musuleng-Cooper dies.
Lithuania: Finance Minister Algirdas Semeta resigns.