November 2010


Bermuda: Premier Paula Cox announces her cabinet (sworn in the same day) with herself continuing as finance minister and David Burch, formerly home affairs minister, as national security minister.

Latvia: Valdis Dombrovskis is asked to form a new cabinet. On November 2, he announces its composition with Girts Valdis Kristovskis as foreign minister, Artis Pabriks as defense minister, Andris Vilks as finance minister, and Linda Murniece remaining as interior minister. On November 3, the parliament approves the new government (63-35).
Nauru: Parliament reelects Marcus Stephen as president, defeating Milton Dube 11-6.
Nepal: In the 15th failed attempt to elect a prime minister, Ram Chandra Poudel receives 96 votes in favour, with 2 against and 31 abstentions (301 votes in favour are needed). The 16th vote on November 4 is also inconclusive (82-2-17).
Papua New Guinea: Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi is removed from office and replaced by Mark Maipakai.
Somalia: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is sworn in as prime minister. On November 12 he names his cabinet with Mohamed Abdullahi Omar as foreign minister, Abdihakim Mohamud Haji Faqi as defense minister, Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan Farah as interior minister, and Hussein Abdi Halane continuing as finance minister. It is approved by parliament (251-92) on November 27.
Switzerland: Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf takes office as finance minister.


Bahrain: The new cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa is announced with no change in the key portfolios.
Guam: In gubernatorial elections, Eddie Calvo (Republican) wins 50.6% of the vote and Carl Gutierrez (Democrat) 49.4%.
Kosovo: Parliament votes no-confidence in Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi (66-1).
Federated States of Micronesia: In gubernatorial elections in Kosrae, Lyndon H. Jackson wins 33.4% of the vote, Nena S. Nena 26.7%, William O. Tosie 20.5%, and Rensley A. Sigrah 19.5%. In Yap, Sebastian Anefal is reelected unopposed.
United States: In elections to the House of Representatives, Republicans win 242 of 435 seats and Democrats 193. In the Senate (with 37 of 100 seats up for election), the Democrats will have 53 seats (including two independents caucusing with them) and the Republicans 47 (including one independent caucusing with them). Results of gubernatorial elections: In mayoral elections in Louisville, Greg Fischer (Dem.) defeats Hal Heiner (Rep.), 51%-49%, and in Providence, Angel Taveras (Dem.) defeats Jonathan Scott (Ind.), 82%-18%.
Virgin Islands (U.S.): In gubernatorial elections, incumbent John deJongh (Democrat) defeats Kenneth Mapp (independent), 56%-44%.


Canada: The premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, announces his resignation.

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf places her cabinet on "mass administrative leave." On November 5 a list of acting ministers is released including Sylvester Grigsby (foreign affairs), Othello Warrick (defense), Peter Kamei (internal affairs), and Elfreda Tamba (finance). On November 18 Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Internal Affairs Minister Harrison Karnwea, and Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan are reappointed.
Russia: Former prime minister (1992-98) Viktor Chernomyrdin dies.
Tanzania: Ali Mohamed Shein is sworn in as president of Zanzibar.


French Southern and Antarctic Lands: Christian Gaudin takes office as administrator-superior.


India: Former chief minister of West Bengal (1972-77) and governor of Punjab (1986-89) Siddhartha Shankar Ray dies.


Azerbaijan: In parliamentary elections, the ruling New Azerbaijan Party wins 74 of 125 seats and government-aligned independents 38. Turnout is 50.1%.
Comoros: In the first round of presidential elections (held only on Mohéli, according to the rotation system), Ikililou Dhoinine wins 28.2% of votes, Mohamed Said Fazul 22.9%, Abdou Djabir 9.9%, Bianrifi Tarmidi 9.3%, Said Dhoifir Bounou 8.6%, Hamada Madi 7.9%, and Mohamed Larifou Oukacha 7.3%. Turnout is 67.1%. The second round is to be held December 26. Results of elections of island governors:
Guinea: In the presidential runoff, Alpha Condé (Rally of the Guinean People) wins 52.5% of the vote and Cellou Dalein Diallo (Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea) 47.5%. Turnout is 67.9%.
Myanmar: In parliamentary elections, the Union Solidarity and Development Party wins 257 of 330 elective seats in the lower house (128 of 168 in the upper house), the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party 18 (3), the National Unity Party 12 (5), the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party 9 (7), and the National Democratic Force 8 (4); 110 of the 440 total seats in the lower house and 56 of 224 in the upper house are reserved for the military.


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India: The chief minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, resigns. On November 11 Prithviraj Chavan is sworn in as chief minister.
Jordan: In parliamentary elections, only 17 of the 120 seats are won by members of political parties. Turnout is 52.9%. On November 21 Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai resigns with his cabinet but is immediately asked to form a new one. In the new government sworn in on November 24, Saad Hayel Srour replaces Nayef al-Qadi as interior minister.
Nigeria: A Court of Appeal nullifies the 2007 election of Emmanuel Uduaghan as governor of Delta. On November 10 the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Sam Obi, is sworn in as acting governor.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: The new presidency takes office, with Nebojsa Radmanovic the first chairman.
France: Christian Bourquin is elected president of the Regional Council of Languedoc-Roussillon.


Iraq: Jalal Talabani is reelected as president, winning 195 votes in the 325-member parliament on the second ballot, after failing to obtain the two-thirds majority necessary to win in the first round. He then asks Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a new government (formally on November 25).
Mauritius: Parliament elects Monique Ohsan-Bellepeau as vice president. She is sworn in on November 13.


Guatemala: Finance Minister Édgar Balsells is dismissed. Rolando del Cid Pinillos is sworn in as new finance minister on November 14.


France: Prime Minister François Fillon's cabinet resigns ahead of a reshuffle. On November 14 President Nicolas Sarkozy reappoints Fillon and asks him to form a new government. Its composition is announced later in the day, with Michèle Alliot-Marie as foreign minister and Alain Juppé as defense minister. On November 24 the National Assembly gives its confidence to the new cabinet (326-226); on November 25 the Senate does the same (180-153).


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Milorad Dodik takes office as president of the Republika Srpska. On November 23 he designates Aleksandar Dzombic as prime minister.
Mauritius: Former acting governor-general (1985-86) Sir Cassam Moollan dies.
United States: Joe Manchin, elected as U.S. senator, resigns as governor of West Virginia. Earl Ray Tomblin is sworn in as acting governor.


Fiji: Defense Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau resigns and is replaced by Joketani Cokanasiga.


Cook Islands: In parliamentary elections, the Cook Islands Party wins 16 of 24 seats and the Democratic Party 8. Henry Puna is sworn in as prime minister on November 30.
Georgia: Former minister of state (2000-01) Giorgi Arsenishvili dies.


Grenada: In a cabinet reshuffle, Karl Hood is appointed foreign minister (effective November 22).


South Africa: Thandi Modise is sworn in as premier of North West.


India: In parliamentary elections in Bihar held on October 21, 24, 28, and November 1, 9, and 20, the National Democratic Alliance wins 206 of 243 seats (Janata Dal [United] 115, Bharatiya Janata Party 91), the RJD-LJP alliance 25 (Rashtriya Janata Dal 22, Lok Janshakti Party 3), and the Indian National Congress 4.


Angola: In a cabinet reshuffle (effective November 26), Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti is appointed foreign minister.
Burkina Faso: In presidential elections, incumbent Blaise Compaoré wins 81% of the vote, Hama Arba Diallo 8%, and Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara 5.5%. Turnout is 53%.
Mexico: Former governor of Colima (2005-09) Silverio Cavazos Ceballos is assassinated.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of British Columbia (1988-95) David C. Lam dies.


Peru: Interior Minister Fernando Barrios resigns. Miguel Hidalgo is sworn in as new interior minister.


China: Former foreign minister (1976-82) Huang Hua dies.

India: The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Konijeti Rosaiah, resigns. Kiran Kumar Reddy is chosen to be the next chief minister (sworn in November 25).
Malaysia: Tun Lim Chong Eu, former chief minister of Penang (1969-90), dies.
Tanzania: A new cabinet is announced with Shamsi Vuai Nahodha (the former chief minister of Zanzibar, whose post has been abolished) becoming home affairs minister.


Canada: The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Danny Williams, announces his resignation effective December 3.
South Korea: President Lee Myung Bak accepts the resignation of Defense Minister Kim Tae Young. On November 26 Kim Kwan Jin is named as new defense minister.
Tonga: In parliamentary elections (turnout about 89%), the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands wins 28.5% of the vote (12 of 17 commoners' seats) and independents 67.3% (5); 9 of the 26 seats are reserved for nobles' representatives.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in Victoria, the Liberal/National coalition wins 45 of 88 seats (Liberal 35, National 10) and the Australian Labor Party 43.
Nigeria: Rauf Aregbesola is sworn in as governor of Osun after an appeal court declared him the winner of the April 2007 election instead of Olagunsoye Oyinlola.


Côte d'Ivoire: The presidential runoff between incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara takes place.
Egypt: The first round of parliamentary elections is held. Turnout is 35%.
Haiti: In the first round of presidential elections, Mirlande Manigat (Rally of Progressive National Democrats) wins 31.6% of the vote, Michel Martelly (Peasant Response) 22.2%, and Jude Célestin (Unity) 21.9%. In the parliamentary elections for 99 deputies and 10 of the 30 senators, 20 deputies (including 12 for Unity) and 4 senators (including 3 for Unity) are elected in the first round.
India: Former governor of Haryana (1995-2000) and Himachal Pradesh (1995, 1996-97) Mahabir Prasad dies.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Okinawa, incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima wins 52% of the vote and Yoichi Iha 46%. Turnout is 60.9%. In Wakayama, incumbent Yoshinobu Nisaka defeats Mariko Fujimoto and Yoshikazu Hora. In Ehime, Tokihiro Nakamura defeats Katsuhiko Tanaka and Masayuki Komatsu.
Moldova: In parliamentary elections, the Communist Party wins 39.3% of the vote (42 of 101 seats), the Liberal Democratic Party 29.4% (32), the Democratic Party 12.7% (15), and the Liberal Party 10% (12). Turnout is 61.6%.
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Catalonia, Convergence and Union wins 38.5% of the vote (62 of 135 seats), the Socialist Party of Catalonia 18.3% (28), the People's Party 12.3% (18), the Green Initiative for Catalonia-United and Alternative Left 7.4% (10), the Republican Left of Catalonia 7% (10), the Citizens' Party 3.4% (3), and the Catalan Solidarity for Independence 3.3% (4). Turnout is 60%.


Canada: Douglas George Phillips is named as next commissioner of Yukon.
Czech Republic: Bohuslav Svoboda is elected mayor of Praha (33-27).