September 2013


Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai appoints Omar Daudzai as interior minister.

Senegal: President Macky Sall dismisses Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye and his government. Aminata Touré is named as new prime minister. On September 2 the new government is named with Amadou Ba as finance minister and Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo as interior minister; Mankeur Ndiaye remains foreign minister and Augustin Tine armed forces minister. Touré takes office September 3.
World Trade Organization: Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo takes office as director-general.


Grenada: Former governor-general (1978-92) Sir Paul Scoon dies.
Serbia: Parliament elects a reshuffled cabinet including Nebojsa Rodic as defense minister and Lazar Krstic as finance minister.


New Caledonia: Former vice president of the Government Council (1979-82), president of the government (1984-85), and president of the Executive Council (1985-88) Dick Ukeiwé dies.


Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Riau, Annas Maamun wins 28.8% of the vote, Herman Abdullah 23%, Achmad 20.7%, Lukman Edy 14%, and Jon Erizal 13.4%. Turnout is 61.3%. A runoff is to be held October 30.

Madagascar: Ulrich Andriantiana is named acting foreign minister and Lantoniaina Rasoloelison finance minister.


Mali: Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is sworn in as president. On September 5 he names Oumar Tatam Ly as prime minister, whose cabinet is announced on September 8 with Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed as foreign minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga as defense minister, Col. Sada Samaké as security minister, Bouaré Fily Sissoko as finance minister, and Gen. Moussa Sinko Coulibaly remaining territorial administration minister.


Colombia: Aurelio Iragorri Valencia is named interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle. He is sworn in on September 11.
Trinidad and Tobago: In a cabinet reshuffle, Gary Griffith is appointed national security minister.


Cayman Islands: Helen Kilpatrick is sworn in as governor.
Ecuador: Former foreign minister (1980-81) Alfonso Barrera Valverde dies.

Togo: Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu is reappointed as prime minister by President Faure Gnassingbé. The new government is named on September 17 with Robert Dussey as foreign minister; Col. Damehame Yark remains security minister and Adji Otèth Ayassor finance minister.
United States: Janet Napolitano leaves office as secretary of homeland security. Rand Beers becomes acting secretary.



Australia: In parliamentary elections, the Liberal/National coalition wins 45.6% of the vote (90 of 150 seats), the Australian Labor Party 33.4% (55), the Greens 8.6% (1), and the Palmer United Party 5.5% (1). Turnout is 93.2%. Liberal leader Tony Abbott unveils his cabinet on September 16 with Julie Bishop as foreign minister, David Johnston as defence minister, Mathias Cormann as finance minister, and Joe Hockey as treasurer. The new government is sworn in on September 18.
India: Former lieutenant governor of Delhi (1988-89) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1989-90) and governor of Tripura (1993-95), Goa (1995-96), and Uttar Pradesh (1996-98) Romesh Bhandari dies.
Kyrgyzstan: Former foreign minister of the Kirgiz S.S.R. (1953-63) Kuluipa Konduchalova dies.
Maldives: In presidential elections, former president Mohamed Nasheed wins 45.5% of the vote, Abdulla Yamin 25.3%, Qasim Ibrahim 24.1%, and incumbent Mohamed Waheed Hassan 5.1%. Turnout is 88.4%. A runoff is to be held on September 28. This is, however, cancelled on September 27 after a Supreme Court ruling.

Spain: Susana Díaz takes office as president of the Junta of Andalucía.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Ibaraki, incumbent Masaru Hashimoto wins 65.5% of the vote and Shigehiro Tanaka 34.5%. Turnout is 31.7%.
Russia: In Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov is elected president with 86 votes against 2 for Ummupazil Omarova. In Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov is elected head of the republic with 25 votes against 2 for Uruskhan Yevloyev. Both are sworn in the same day. Results of elections in regions where the heads are popularly elected, here too all winners being the acting incumbents:


Norway: In parliamentary elections, the Labour Party wins 30.8% of the vote (55 of 169 seats), the Conservative Party 26.8% (48), the Progress Party 16.3% (29), the Christian People's Party 5.6% (10), the Centre Party 5.5% (10), the Liberal Party 5.2% (9), the Socialist Left Party 4.1% (7), and the Greens 2.8% (1). Turnout is 78.3%.

Pakistan: Mamnoon Hussain is sworn in as president.
Russia: The prime minister of Kabardino-Balkariya, Ruslan Khasanov, is dismissed. Irina Maryash becomes acting prime minister.



Albania: President Bujar Nishani asks Edi Rama to form a government. On September 15 the cabinet, including Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati (see July 31), is voted in by 82 members of the 140-seat parliament.
Syria: Former foreign minister (1965-66, 1966-68) Ibrahim Makhous dies.
Zimbabwe: The new cabinet (without a prime minister) is announced (sworn in September 11), including Sydney Sekeramayi as defense minister, Patrick Chinamasa as finance minister, and Kembo Mohadi as home affairs minister; Simbarashe Mumbengegwi remains foreign minister.


Algeria: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ramtane Lamamra is named foreign minister and Tayeb Belaiz interior minister.

Nigeria: Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru is among several ministers dismissed in a cabinet reshuffle, no successors being immediately announced. On September 13 Viola Onwuliri becomes acting foreign minister. Meanwhile, Labaran Maku becomes acting defense minister on September 12, replacing the minister of state for defense, Erelu Olusola Obada.


France: Alain Le Vern resigns as president of the Regional Council of Haute-Normandie, effective September 30, when Emmanuèle Jeandet-Mengual becomes acting president.

Maldives: Environment Minister Mariyam Shakeela becomes acting foreign minister.


Nigeria: Former governor of Ondo (2003-09) Olusegun Agagu dies.


Syria: The rebel National Coalition elects Ahmad Saleh Touma as interim prime minister.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Corrientes, incumbent Ricardo Colombi (Radical Civic Union, within Encuentro por Corrientes) wins 50.9% of the vote and Carlos Espínola (Justicialist Party, within Frente para la Victoria) 45.8%.
The Gambia: Assan Musa Camara, former foreign minister (1968-74), dies.
Germany: In state elections in Bayern, the Christian Social Union wins 47.7% of the vote (101 of 180 seats), the Social Democratic Party 20.6% (42), the Free Voters 9% (19), the Greens 8.6% (18), the Free Democratic Party 3.3% (0), the Left 2.1% (0), the Bavaria Party 2.1% (0), the Ecological-Democratic Party 2% (0), and the Pirate Party 2% (0). Turnout is 63.9%.
Indonesia: Karel Albert Ralahalu's term as governor of Maluku ends. From September 16 the provincial secretary, Ros Far-Far, is acting governor.
Turks and Caicos Islands: Governor Damian Roderic Todd departs. Deputy Governor Anya Williams becomes acting governor.



French Polynesia: Lionel Beffre takes office as high commissioner.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Camillo Gonsalves is sworn in as foreign minister.
Swaziland: The cabinet is dissolved, although Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini is left in position.


Mauritania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ahmed Ould Teguedi is named foreign minister and Mohamed Ould Mohamed Rara interior minister.


Rwanda: In parliamentary elections held September 16-18, the Rwandan Patriotic Front wins 76.2% of the vote (41 of 53 popularly elected seats), the Social Democratic Party 13% (7), and the Liberal Party 9.3% (5); 24 additional seats are reserved for women, 2 for representatives from the National Youth Council, and 1 from the Federation of the Associations of the Disabled, for a total of 80 seats. Turnout is 98.8%.


Burkina Faso: Former foreign minister (1974-76) and head of state (1980-82) Saye Zerbo dies.
Gibraltar: Lieut.Gen. Sir James Dutton is appointed governor, to take office in December.
Russia: Abubakar Malsagov is approved by the local parliament as prime minister of Ingushetia.
United States: Former governor of Colorado (1973-75) John Vanderhoof dies.


Germany: Former minister-president of Hessen (1987-91) Walter Wallmann dies.


Germany: In parliamentary elections, the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) wins 41.5% of the vote (311 of 631 seats), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) 25.7% (193), the Left 8.6% (64), the Greens 8.4% (63), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 4.8% (0), the Alternative for Germany (AfD) 4.7% (0), and the Pirate Party 2.2% (0). Turnout is 71.5%. In state elections in Hessen, the CDU wins 38.3% of the vote (47 of 110 seats), the SPD 30.7% (37), the Greens 11.1% (14), the Left 5.2% (6), the FDP 5% (6), the AfD 4.1% (0), and the Pirate Party 1.9% (0). Turnout is 73.2%.


Indonesia: Rustam Effendi is sworn in as governor of Bangka-Belitung, to serve out Eko Maulana Ali's term (2012-17).

Saint Helena: Alex Mitham is sworn in as administrator of Tristan da Cunha.


Canada: In mayoral elections in Saint John's, incumbent Dennis O'Keefe wins 56.7% of the vote and Sheilagh O'Leary 41.7%. Turnout is 53%.
Jersey: Sir Philip Bailhache is elected foreign minister.


Argentina: Former governor of Río Negro (1995-2003) Pablo Verani dies.


Cambodia: Aun Pornmoniroth takes office as finance minister.
Malaysia: Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak, former chief minister of Kedah (2008-13), dies.
South Africa: Senzo Mchunu is elected and sworn in as premier of KwaZulu-Natal.


Aruba: In parliamentary elections, the Aruban People's Party wins 13 of 21 seats and the People's Electoral Movement 8.

Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Stavropol kray, Valery Zerenkov, and appoints Vladimir Vladimirov as acting governor.
Sri Lanka: Former chief minister of North Central province (1999-2012) Berty Premalal Dissanayake dies.


Guinea: In parliamentary elections, the Rally of the Guinean People wins 46.3% of the vote (53 of 114 seats), the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea 30.5% (37), and the Union of Republican Forces 7% (10). Turnout is 64.3%.
Italy: The ministers of the People of Freedom party, including Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, resign.
Peru: Former prime minister (1984) Sandro Mariátegui Chiappe dies.


Austria: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democratic Party wins 26.9% of the vote (52 of 183 seats), the Austrian People's Party 24% (47), the Freedom Party 20.6% (40), the Greens 12.3% (24), Team Stronach 5.7% (11), New Austria and Liberal Forum 4.9% (9), and the Alliance for the Future of Austria 3.5% (0). Turnout is 74.4%.
Indonesia: Thaib Armaiyn's term as governor of Maluku Utara ends. On September 30 the provincial secretary, Madjid Husen, becomes acting governor.


Cameroon: In parliamentary elections, the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement wins 148 of 180 seats, the Social Democratic Front 18, and the National Union for Democracy and Progress 5. Turnout is 76.8%.
Dominica: Parliament elects (19-0, opposition boycotting) Charles Savarin as president.