June 2010


Belize: In a cabinet reshuffle, Carlos Perdomo is appointed as defense minister and Douglas Singh as police and public security minister.
India: The state of Jharkhand is placed under president's rule.
Jamaica: Prime Minister Bruce Golding survives a no-confidence motion in parliament, which is rejected 30-28.
Switzerland: Philippe Perrenoud becomes president of the government of Bern, Claude Nicati president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Willi Haag president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Jakob Stark president of the government of Thurgau, and Markus Züst Landammann of Uri.
United States: Former governor of North Dakota (1973-81) Arthur A. Link dies.


Angola: Former high commissioner (1974-75) António Alva Rosa Coutinho dies.
Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Kalimantan Selatan, Rudy Ariffin is reelected with 46.8% of the vote; Zairullah Azhar wins 22.7%, Rosehan 14.2%, and Sjachrani Mataja 13%.

Japan: Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announces his resignation. On June 4 he officially resigns and the Diet elects Finance Minister Naoto Kan as prime minister (313 of 477 votes in the lower house, against 116 for Sadakazu Tanigaki; 123 of 237 in the upper house, against 71 for Tanigaki). Kan takes office on June 8 with his cabinet, in which Yoshihiko Noda becomes finance minister, other key ministers staying in place.
South Korea: Former prime minister (1982) Yoo Chang Soon dies.
Papua New Guinea: Deputy Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu takes over the finance portfolio after the suspension of Patrick Pruaitch. Late in the month, however, Arthur Somare is appointed acting finance minister.
Thailand: Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survives a no-confidence motion in parliament (186 votes for the motion, 246 against).


British Virgin Islands: Former administrator (1956-59) Geoffrey Pole Allsebrook dies.
Cook Islands: Linda Te Puni is named high commissioner.
Pitcairn Island: Vicki Treadell is sworn in as governor.
Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev nominates incumbent Anatoly Artamonov as governor of Kaluga oblast (confirmed by the local Assembly, 32-0, on June 10) and incumbent Oleg Betin as head of the administration of Tambov oblast (confirmed by the local Duma, 42-3, on June 7). Muradin Kemov is approved as prime minister of Karachayevo-Cherkessia by the local parliament (47-15).


Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Kalimantan Tengah, Agustin Teras Narang is reelected with 42.3% of the vote, while Achmad Amur wins 37.7% and Achmad Yuliansyah 15.8%.
Pakistan: Abdul Hafeez Shaikh is sworn in as finance minister.


Afghanistan: Interior Minister Hanif Atmar resigns. His deputy Munir Mangal is appointed acting interior minister. On June 28 parliament approves the nomination of Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi as interior minister.


The Gambia: Mamadou Tangara is appointed foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
North Korea: Choe Yong Rim replaces Kim Yong Il as premier.


Seychelles: In a cabinet reshuffle, Danny Faure is named vice president (effective July 1; he will keep his finance portfolio), Jean-Paul Adam foreign minister, and Joel Morgan home affairs minister (a new post).


The Netherlands: In parliamentary elections, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy wins 20.4% of the vote (31 of 150 seats), the Labour Party 19.6% (30), the Party for Freedom 15.5% (24), the Christian Democratic Appeal 13.7% (21), the Socialist Party 9.9% (15), the Democrats 66 6.9% (10), Green Left 6.6% (10), the Christian Union 3.3% (5), the Reformed Political Party 1.7% (2), and the Party for the Animals 1.3% (2). Turnout is 74.7%.

Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev nominates incumbent Valery Shantsev as governor of Nizhny Novgorod oblast (confirmed by the local Assembly, 42-4, on June 17) and acting incumbent Yegor Borisov as president of Sakha (confirmed by the local State Assembly, 61-2, and sworn in on June 17). On June 18 Galina Danchikova is nominated by Borisov and approved by the local parliament (60-5) as prime minister of Sakha.


Cameroon: Former foreign minister (1992-97) Ferdinand Léopold Oyono dies.

Papua New Guinea: John Momis is sworn in as president of Bougainville. He appoints Patrick Nisira as vice president.
Wallis and Futuna: Michel Jeanjean is appointed administrator-superior.


Slovenia: Former chairman of the Executive Council (1965-67) Janko Smole dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Sud-Kivu elects Marcellin Cishambo as governor (24 of 36 votes).
Slovakia: In parliamentary elections, the Smer (Direction) party of Prime Minister Robert Fico wins 34.8% of the vote (62 of 150 seats), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) 15.2% (28), Freedom and Solidarity 12.1% (22), the Christian Democratic Movement 8.5% (15), the Bridge 8.1% (14), the Slovak National Party 5.1% (9), the People's Party-Movement for a Democratic Slovakia 4.3% (0), and the Party of the Hungarian Coalition 4.3% (0). Turnout is 58.8%. On June 14 President Ivan Gasparovic invites Fico to form a new cabinet, but on June 23 Fico announces his inability to do so and the president asks SDKÚ-DS leader Iveta Radicová to form a government.


Belgium: In elections to the Chamber of Representatives, the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) wins 17.4% of the vote (27 of 150 seats), the Socialist Party (PS) 13.7% (26), Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) 10.9% (17), the Reformist Movement (MR) 9.3% (18), the Socialist Party Different (sp.a) 9.2% (13), Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD) 8.6% (13), Flemish Interest (VB) 7.8% (12), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) 5.5% (9), Ecolo 4.8% (8), Groen! 4.4% (5), List Dedecker 2.3% (1), and the Popular Party 1.3% (1). In the Senate elections, the N-VA wins 19.6% of the vote (9 of 40 seats), the PS 13.6% (7), CD&V 10% (4), sp.a 9.5% (4), MR 9.3% (4), Open VLD 8.2% (4), VB 7.6% (3), Ecolo 5.5% (2), CDH 5.1% (2), and Groen! 3.9% (1). Turnout is 89.2%.
Comoros: Former prime minister (1998-99) Abbas Djoussouf dies. On the same day former coordinator of the Transitional Military Committee (1995) Combo Ayouba is assassinated.


Russia: Vasily Golubev is inaugurated as governor of Rostov oblast.

The Sudan: President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir appoints his new cabinet (sworn in June 16) with Ali Karti as foreign minister and Ali Mahmoud Abdel Rasool as finance minister. Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein remains defense minister and Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed interior minister.


Ireland: Prime Minister Brian Cowen wins a confidence vote in parliament (82-77).
Romania: Prime Minister Emil Boc survives a no-confidence motion introduced in parliament (228 votes for the motion, 197 against; 236 were necessary for adoption).
Russia: Former governor of Irkutsk oblast (1991-97) Yury Nozhikov dies.

Russia: Yury Berg takes office as governor of Orenburg oblast.


Haiti: Former prime minister (1992-93) Marc Bazin dies.


Argentina: Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana resigns. Héctor Timerman is named as new foreign minister, taking office June 22.

Finland: Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen resigns. On June 22 Mari Kiviniemi is elected prime minister (115-56).


Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Jambi, Hasan Basri Agus wins 40.6% of the vote, Madjid Muaz 25.7%, Zulfikar Achmad 19.9%, and Safrial 13.8%.
Nauru: In new parliamentary elections (called because those of April resulted in a deadlock which meant that no president could be elected), 17 of 18 members are reelected. Turnout is 92.7%.


Colombia: In the presidential runoff, Juan Manuel Santos wins about 71.5% of the vote and Antanas Mockus about 28.5%. Santos is to take office August 7. On June 22 he designates Juan Carlos Echeverry as finance minister.
Poland: In presidential elections, Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform) wins 41.5% of the vote, Jaroslaw Kaczynski (Law and Justice) 36.5%, and Grzegorz Napieralski (Democratic Left Alliance) 13.7%. Turnout is 54.9%.


Guatemala: Finance Minister Juan Alberto Fuentes resigns. Édgar Balsells is sworn in as new finance minister on June 26.
Mexico: Former governor of Tamaulipas (1987-93) Américo Villarreal Guerra dies.
Tunisia: Former prime minister (1980-86) Mohamed Mzali dies.
Zimbabwe: In a cabinet reshuffle, Theresa Makone is appointed as home affairs co-minister, replacing Giles Mutsekwa. The new ministers are sworn in on June 24.


Australia: Julia Gillard is sworn in as prime minister after successfully challenging Kevin Rudd for the Labor Party leadership.
Papua New Guinea: Former premier of East Sepik (1976-83) Cherubim Dambui dies.


Czech Republic: Prime Minister Jan Fischer resigns. On June 28, President Václav Klaus asks Petr Necas to form a new cabinet. On June 30, Necas announces his cabinet with Karel Schwarzenberg as foreign minister, Alexandr Vondra as defense minister, Miroslav Kalousek as finance minister, and Radek John as interior minister.
Papua New Guinea: Parliament votes 84-13 to reappoint Sir Paulias Matane as governor-general.


Angola: Former foreign minister (1976-84) Paulo Teixeira Jorge dies.
Lithuania: Former president (1992-98) and prime minister (2001-06) Algirdas Brazauskas dies.
Somalia: In presidential elections in Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo wins 49.6% of the vote, incumbent Dahir Riyale Kahin 33.2%, and Faisal Ali Warabe 17.2%. Turnout is about 49%.


Guinea: In presidential elections, former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo (Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea) wins 39.7% of the vote, Alpha Condé (Rally of the Guinean People) 20.7%, former prime minister Sidya Touré (Union of Republican Forces) 15.6%, and former prime minister Lansana Kouyaté (Party of Hope for National Development) 7.8%. Turnout is 77%. A runoff is to be held on July 18.
United States: Former governor of Texas (1973-79) Dolph Briscoe dies.


Burundi: In presidential elections, incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza wins 91.6% of the vote. Turnout is 77%.


Hungary: Parliament elects Pál Schmitt as president with 263 votes, against 58 for András Balogh. Schmitt is sworn in immediately but will take office only in August.
Maldives: The cabinet resigns, following threats by the opposition to bring no-confidence votes against every minister.

Philippines: President-elect Benigno Aquino III announces his cabinet with Voltaire Gazmin as defense secretary, Cesar Purisima as finance secretary, himself as acting interior secretary, and Alberto Romulo continuing as foreign secretary. On June 30 Aquino is sworn in as president and Jejomar Binay as vice president.


Germany: The Federal Assembly elects a president. In the first ballot (623 votes being necessary), Christian Wulff wins 600 votes, Joachim Gauck 499, and Luc Jochimsen 126. In the second ballot, Wulff wins 615 votes, Gauck 490, and Jochimsen 123. In the third ballot (where a relative majority would have been sufficient), Wulff is elected with 625 votes, against 494 for Gauck and 121 abstentions. Wulff takes office immediately and resigns as minister-president of Niedersachsen, a post taken on an acting basis by Jörg Bode.
Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Sumatera Barat, Irwan Prayitno wins 32.4% of the vote, incumbent Marlis Rahman 26.2%, Endang Irzal 20.5%, and Fauzi Bahar 16.3%.
Nepal: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announces his resignation.

Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Karelia, Sergey Katanandov, and appoints Andrey Nelidov as acting head of the republic.