November 2009


Canada: In mayoral elections in Montreal, incumbent Gérald Tremblay (Union Montreal) is reelected with 37.9% of the vote, followed by Louise Harel (Vision Montreal) with 32.7% and Richard Bergeron (Project Montreal) with 25.5%. Turnout is 39.4%. In Québec, incumbent Régis Labeaume (Équipe Labeaume) wins 79.7% of the vote, Jeff Fillion (independent) 8.6%, and Yonnel Bonaventure (Défi vert Québec) 8.1%. Turnout is 49.9%.
Mexico: Mario Anguiano Moreno takes office as governor of Colima.


Afghanistan: The presidential runoff scheduled for November 7 is cancelled, Hamid Karzai being declared the winner following the withdrawal of Abdullah Abdullah.

Marshall Islands: Jurelang Zedkaia is inaugurated as president.
Pakistan: Former chief minister of the North-West Frontier Province (1975-77) Nasrullah Khan Khattak dies.


United Arab Emirates: The Federal Supreme Council reelects Sheikh Khalifa ibn Zaid Al Nahayan as president.
United States: In gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, Chris Christie (Republican) defeats incumbent Jon Corzine (Democrat), 49%-45%. In Virginia, Bob McDonnell (Rep.) defeats Creigh Deeds (Dem.), 59%-41%. Results of mayoral elections:


Japan: Former foreign minister (1993) Kabun Muto dies.
Myanmar: Former foreign minister (1998-2004) Win Aung dies.
Romania: Prime minister-designate Lucian Croitoru and his cabinet fail to receive the confidence of parliament (189 votes in favour of the new cabinet, 250 against). On November 6 President Traian Basescu nominates Liviu Negoita as new prime minister-designate. On November 9 Negoita names his proposed cabinet with Bogdan Aurescu as foreign minister and Gabriel Oprea as interior minister, while Mihai Stanisoara is to be kept as defense minister and Gheorghe Pogea as finance minister.
United States: Former governor of Kansas (1965-67) William H. Avery dies.


Falkland Islands: In parliamentary elections, 8 nonpartisan members are elected. Turnout is 77.7%.
Fiji: Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is sworn in as president.


Cayman Islands: Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush becomes premier as a new constitution comes into effect.

Haiti: The Senate endorses (unanimously) the appointment of Jean-Max Bellerive as prime minister and on November 7 the House of Deputies does the same thing (52-0 with 2 abstentions). On November 8, the new cabinet is announced with Marie Michèle Rey as foreign minister, Ronald Baudin as finance minister, and Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé remaining interior minister. The cabinet receives the confidence of the Senate (22-0 with 4 abstentions) on November 9 and of the House of Deputies (70-2 with 2 abstentions) on November 10 and takes office on November 11.
Panama: Former acting president (1988-89) Manuel Solís Palma dies.


Northern Mariana Islands: In gubernatorial elections, Heinz Hofschneider (Republican) and incumbent Benigno Fitial (Covenant Party), with about 36% of the vote each, qualify for a runoff, finishing ahead of independents Juan Guerrero (about 20%) and Ramon Deleon Guerrero (about 8%); turnout is 86%. In the runoff on November 23, Fitial defeats Hofschneider 51.4%-48.6%; turnout is 76%.


Japan: Hidehiko Yuzaki defeats Anri Kawai in gubernatorial elections in Hiroshima. Turnout is 33.7%.



Lebanon: A cabinet led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri is appointed with Ali al-Shami as foreign minister and Raya Haffar al-Hassan as finance minister, while Elias Murr is retained as defense minister and Ziad Baroud as interior minister.


Moldova: Parliament fails to elect a new president. Marian Lupu (Democratic Party), the sole candidate, receives 53 votes but 61 are required to be elected. A new election is to take place within 30 days.

Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev nominates Aleksandr Misharin as governor of Sverdlovsk oblast. Misharin is confirmed by the local legislative assembly (47-2) on November 17 and takes office on November 23.
United States: In mayoral elections in Tulsa, Dewey Bartlett (Republican) defeats Tom Adelson (Democrat) and Mark Perkins (independent), 45%-36%-18%.


Congo (Brazzaville): Former prime minister (1997) Bernard Kolélas dies.

Mongolia: Parliament approves Gombojav Zandanshatar as foreign minister.
Pakistan: In elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, the Pakistan People's Party wins at least 12 of the 23 seats in the Legislative Assembly. On November 18 the party nominates Syed Mehdi Shah as chief minister.


Madagascar: Eugène Mangalaza is sworn in as prime minister with the agreement of his predecessor, Monja Roindefo, who had not recognized Mangalaza's original appointment in October.
United States: Former governor of New Mexico (1971-75, 1979-83, 1991-95) Bruce King dies.


Philippines: Norberto Gonzales is appointed acting defense secretary effective November 16.


Belgium: Former prime minister (1965-66) and foreign minister (1966-73) Pierre Harmel dies.
Cook Islands: High Commissioner Tia Barrett dies.


Spain: Former president of the Council of Government of Cantabria (1984-87) Ángel Díaz de Entresotos Mier dies.


Falkland Islands: Former governor (1977-80) James Roland Walter Parker dies.
Vanuatu: In a cabinet reshuffle, Moana Carcasses Kalosil is appointed as internal affairs minister.


Anguilla: Former governor (1983-87) Alastair Turner Baillie dies.


European Union: Herman Van Rompuy (prime minister of Belgium) is chosen as president of the European Council and Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland (United Kingdom), as high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, new positions under the Treaty of Lisbon which takes effect December 1.


Brazil: Former governor of Mato Grosso (1975-78) José Garcia Neto dies.
Pakistan: Former chief minister of Sindh (1973-77) and prime minister (1990) Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi dies.


India: Janaki Ballabh Patnaik is appointed as governor of Assam, D.Y. Patil as governor of Tripura (sworn in November 27), and Kamla Beniwal as governor of Gujarat (sworn in November 27).


Romania: In presidential elections, incumbent Traian Basescu (backed by the Democratic Liberal Party) wins 32.4% of the vote, Mircea Geoana (Social Democratic Party, in alliance with the Conservative Party) 31.2%, Crin Antonescu (National Liberal Party) 20.0%, and Corneliu Vadim Tudor (Greater Romania Party) 5.6%. Turnout is 54.4%. A runoff will be held on December 6.


Guadeloupe: Jean-Luc Fabre takes office as prefect.


French Polynesia: President Oscar Temaru and his cabinet are removed from office by the adoption (29-24) of a no-confidence motion in parliament. Gaston Tong Sang is immediately installed as the new president. On November 28, he announces his cabinet (installed November 30) with himself as finance minister and Édouard Fritch as vice-president.
Thailand: Former prime minister (2008) Samak Sundaravej dies.


Belgium: King Albert nominates Yves Leterme to replace Herman Van Rompuy as prime minister. Leterme announces his cabinet, including Steven Vanackere as foreign minister, and it is sworn in the same day. On November 27 the new government receives a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Representatives (82-53).


Switzerland: Former president of the Council of State of Genève (1965-66) André Ruffieux dies.
Vanuatu: Prime Minister Edward Natapei loses his parliamentary seat for failing to attend three consecutive meetings of parliament without properly notifying the speaker of his absence, and is thus disqualified from holding the office of prime minister. A successor is to be elected shortly. However, a legal challenge by Natapei results in a temporary ruling by the chief justice allowing him to remain in office until a full ruling is made in early December.


Namibia: In presidential elections held November 27-28, incumbent Hifikepunye Pohamba of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) wins 76.4% of the vote and Hidipo Hamutenya of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) 11.1%. In parliamentary elections, SWAPO wins 75.3% of the vote and the RDP 11.3%.


Equatorial Guinea: In presidential elections, incumbent Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea) wins 95.8% of the vote and Plácido Micó Abogo (Convergence for Social Democracy) 3.6%. Turnout is 93.5%.
Honduras: In presidential elections, Porfirio Lobo (National Party) wins 56.6% of the vote and Elvin Santos (Liberal Party) 38.1%. Lobo is to take office Jan. 27, 2010. In parliamentary elections, the National Party wins 71 of 128 seats and the Liberal Party 45. Turnout is 51%.
Uruguay: In the presidential runoff, José Mujica wins 54.8% of the vote and Luis Alberto Lacalle 45.2%. Mujica is to take office March 1, 2010.


Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev nominates incumbent Aleksandr Zhilkin as governor of Astrakhan oblast.
Uruguay: Former foreign minister (1990-93) Héctor Gros Espiell dies.