June 2011


Côte d'Ivoire: A new government is named with Daniel Kablan Duncan as foreign minister.
El Salvador: Ernesto Zelayandía is sworn in as interior minister.
Switzerland: Hans Diem becomes Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Gisèle Ory president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Karin Keller-Sutter president of the government of Sankt Gallen, and Kaspar Schläpfer president of the government of Thurgau.
United States: Former governor of New Hampshire (1969-73) Walter R. Peterson dies.


Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan survives a no-confidence motion in the House of Representatives, which is defeated 293-152.
Latvia: In the election of a president, the first ballot is inconclusive as Andris Berzins receives 50 votes and incumbent Valdis Zatlers 43 in the 100-seat parliament. In the second round of voting Berzins is elected with 53 votes against 41 for Zatlers. Berzins will take office July 8.


India: Former chief minister of Haryana (1979-86, 1991-96) Bhajan Lal dies.
Montenegro: Former secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists (1982-84) Dobroslav-Toro Culafic dies.


United States: Former secretary of state (1992-93) Lawrence Eagleburger dies.
Virgin Islands (U.S.): Former governor (1978-87) Juan Francisco Luis dies.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Aomori, incumbent Shingo Mimura wins 74.5% of the vote and Takashi Yamauchi 17.8%. Turnout is 41.5%.
Macedonia: In parliamentary elections, the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) wins 39% of the vote (56 of 123 seats), the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia 32.8% (42), the Democratic Union for Integration 10.2% (15), and the Democratic Party of the Albanians 5.9% (8). Turnout is 63.5%.
Peru: In the presidential runoff, Ollanta Humala wins 51.4% of the vote and Keiko Fujimori 48.6%.


Portugal: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democratic Party wins 40.3% of the vote (108 of 230 seats), the Socialist Party 29.3% (74), the Democratic and Social Centre-People's Party 12.2% (24), the United Democratic Coalition 8.2% (16), and the Left Bloc 5.4% (8). Turnout is 58.1%. On June 15 Pedro Passos Coelho is named prime minister. The new cabinet is announced on June 17, with Paulo Portas as foreign minister, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco as defense minister, Miguel Macedo as interior minister, and Vítor Gaspar as finance minister. The government is sworn in on June 21.


Papua New Guinea: Foreign Minister Don Polye is dismissed by Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal. In a cabinet reshuffle on June 21, Ano Pala is appointed foreign minister and Patrick Pruaitch finance minister.
Switzerland: Bernhard Pulver is elected president of the government of Bern.


Latvia: Justice Minister Aigars Stokenbergs becomes acting interior minister.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Denver, Michael Hancock defeats Chris Romer 58%-42%. In mayoral elections in Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman defeats Chris Giunchigliani 60.5%-39.5%.


Dominican Republic: Former foreign minister (1965) Jottin Cury dies.
New Caledonia: Parliament elects a new government, again with Harold Martin as president.
Somalia: Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan Farah is fatally wounded in an explosion apparently caused by a suicide bomber.
Suriname: Finance Minister Wonnie Boedhoe resigns and Foreign Minister Winston Lackin becomes acting finance minister. On June 14 Adelien Wijnerman is appointed as finance minister; she is sworn in on June 15.


Canada: Darrell Pasloski is sworn in as premier of Yukon.

Guernsey: In elections for a new president of the States of Alderney (to serve until Dec. 31, 2012), Stuart Trought wins 58.6% of the vote, Bill Simpson 28.8%, and Paul Arditti 12.6%. Turnout is 65.7%. Trought is sworn in on June 22.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Neuquén, incumbent Jorge Sapag (Movimiento Popular Neuquino) wins 45.5% of the vote and Martín Farizano (Frente Neuquino) 34%.
Turkey: In parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party wins 49.8% of the vote (326 of 550 seats), the Republican People's Party 25.9% (135), the Nationalist Action Party 13% (53), and independents 6.6% (36). Turnout is 86.7%.


Lebanon: The new government headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati is announced with Adnan Mansour as foreign minister, Fayez Ghosn as defense minister, Marwan Charbel as interior minister, and Mohammad Safadi as finance minister.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: The presidency nominates Slavo Kukic as prime minister.
Colombia: Former foreign minister (1984-86) Augusto Ramírez Ocampo dies.


Cook Islands: Former queen's representative (1990-2000) Sir Apenera Short dies.
Laos: Parliament reelects Choummaly Sayasone as president and Thongsing Thammavong as prime minister. A new cabinet is approved with Khampane Philavong as interior minister and Phouphet Khamphounvong as finance minister; Thongloun Sisoulith remains foreign minister and Douangchay Phichith defense minister.
Spain: José Ramón Bauzá is elected president of the government of Baleares. He takes office June 18.


Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev accepts the resignation of the governor of Tver oblast, Dmitry Zelenin, and appoints Andrey Shevelyov as acting governor. On June 29 Medvedev nominates Shevelyov as new governor and also renominates Aleksandr Khoroshavin as governor of Sakhalin oblast.
Turks and Caicos Islands: Damian Roderic Todd is appointed as governor, to take office in September.
Vanuatu: The Supreme Court invalidates the Dec. 2, 2010, election of Sato Kilman as prime minister (because of the speaker's failure to hold a secret ballot) and reinstates the government of Edward Natapei for the interim until the election of a new prime minister. In a reshuffle on June 20, Patrick Crowby is appointed as internal affairs minister. On June 26, parliament elects Kilman as prime minister, defeating Serge Vohor 29-23. On June 27 Kilman announces his cabinet with Alfred Carlot as foreign minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil as finance minister, and George Wells as internal affairs minister.


Georgia: Dimitri Gvindadze is appointed finance minister. He takes office June 20.

Greece: In a cabinet reshuffle, Stavros Lambrinidis is appointed foreign minister, Panos Beglitis defense minister, Charis Kastanidis interior minister, and Evangelos Venizelos finance minister. On June 21 the government wins a confidence vote in parliament (155-143).
Indonesia: Longki Djanggula is sworn in as governor of Sulawesi Tengah.
Paraguay: In a cabinet reshuffle, Federico Acuña is appointed interior minister and Catalino Luis Roy Ortiz defense minister.


Finland: The new government is announced (sworn in June 22) with Jyrki Katainen as prime minister, Erkki Tuomioja as foreign minister, Stefan Wallin as defense minister, Päivi Räsänen as interior minister, and Jutta Urpilainen as finance minister.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Dallas, Mike Rawlings defeats David Kunkle 56%-44%. He is sworn in on June 27.
Zambia: Former president (1991-2002) Frederick Chiluba dies.


Egypt: Mohamed al-Orabi is appointed foreign minister. He is sworn in on June 26.
Somalia: Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed resigns. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali becomes acting prime minister and on June 23 is named as new prime minister. On June 28 he is approved by parliament (437-4) and sworn in.


Turkey: Former foreign minister (1991) Safa Giray dies.


Haiti: The Chamber of Deputies rejects (42-19) the nomination of Daniel-Gérard Rouzier as prime minister.
Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wins a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies (317-293).
United Nations: The General Assembly reelects (by acclamation) Ban Ki Moon as secretary-general.
United States: The Senate ratifies the nomination of Leon Panetta as defense secretary (100-0).


Spain: María Dolores de Cospedal takes office as president of the Junta of Castilla-La Mancha.


Italy: Former foreign minister (1980) Attilio Ruffini dies.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Tierra del Fuego, Rosana Bertone (Front for Victory) wins 41.4% of the vote and incumbent Fabiana Ríos (Patagonian Social Party) 32.6%. Turnout is 66.2%. A runoff is to be held July 3. In Misiones, incumbent Maurice Closs (Frente Renovador de la Concordia) wins 72.6% of the vote and Claudio Wipplinger (Partido Trabajo y Progreso Social) 7%.
Food and Agriculture Organization: José Graziano da Silva (Brazil) is elected as director-general. In the second round of balloting, he defeats Miguel Ángel Moratinos (Spain) by 92 votes to 88. He will take office on Jan. 1, 2012.
Pakistan: In parliamentary elections in Azad Kashmir, the Pakistan People's Party wins 19 of 33 seats allocated, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) 9, the Muslim Conference 3, and independents 2; voting has been postponed in several constituencies.


Pakistan: The governor of Sindh, Ishratul Ibad, resigns.
Spain: Ignacio Diego takes office as president of the Council of Government of Cantabria.


International Monetary Fund: Christine Lagarde, finance minister of France, is chosen as managing director, to take office July 5.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez defeats Julio Robaina 51%-49%.


France: In a cabinet reshuffle, François Baroin is appointed finance minister.


United States: The Senate ratifies (94-0) the nomination of Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director. He is to take office on September 1.