May 2014


Nigeria: Former governor of Kwara (1979-83) Adamu Atta dies.
Switzerland: Jean-Michel Cina becomes president of the Council of State of Valais and Regine Aeppli president of the government of Zürich.


France: Victorin Lurel is elected president of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe (31 of 38 votes).
Nigeria: Former administrator of Delta (1996-98) John Dungs dies.


Central African Republic: Former prime minister (1996-97) and foreign minister (2005-06) Jean-Paul Ngoupandé dies.
Libya: Parliament fails to elect a prime minister as Ahmed Matiq wins 73 votes and Omar al-Hassi 43 (120 required). Matiq then stands as sole candidate and at first falls short with 113 votes, then in resumed voting succeeds to reach 121 votes and is sworn in as prime minister. On May 25 the parliament gives its confidence (83-12) to Matiq's proposed cabinet, which still lacks a foreign and defense minister while Milud Ahmed Khalifa Hamid is finance minister and al-Aref Saleh al-Khoja interior minister; the cabinet is sworn in on May 26. However, outgoing prime minister Abdullah Thani, disputing the correctness of Matiq's election, refuses to hand over power.
Panama: In presidential elections, Juan Carlos Varela of the Panameńista Party (PPa) wins 39.1% of the vote, José Domingo Arias of Democratic Change (CD) 31.4%, and Juan Carlos Navarro of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) 28.2%. Turnout is 76.8%. In the parliamentary elections, CD wins about 43% of the vote (30 of 71 seats), the PRD about 33% (25), and the PPa about 18% (12). On May 11 Varela, who is to take office July 1, designates Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado as foreign minister, Milton Henríquez as interior minister, and Dulcidio de la Guardia as finance minister.
Switzerland: Robert Marti is elected Landammann of Glarus.


Algeria: The new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal is named with Mohamed Djellab as finance minister, other key portfolios being unchanged.
Hungary: President János Áder asks Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to form a new government. On May 10 parliament reelects Orbán (130-57). On May 29 Orbán names his cabinet with Tibor Navracsics as foreign minister, while Csaba Hende remains as defense minister, Sándor Pintér as interior minister, and Mihály Varga as economy minister.
Indonesia: Abdul Gani Kasuba is sworn in as governor of Maluku Utara.
Nigeria: Former governor of Lagos (1992-93) Sir Michael Otedola dies.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Murmansk oblast, Marina Kovtun, and appoints her as acting governor until elections in September.
Slovenia: Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek resigns.


Croatia: Finance Minister Slavko Linic is sacked and replaced by Boris Lalovac.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Kalmykia, Aleksey Orlov, and appoints him acting head of the republic.
Solomon Islands: Parliament reelects Sir Frank Kabui as governor-general. In the first round of voting Andrew Mua won 18 votes, Kabui 14, and David Vunagi 12; with Vunagi eliminated, Mua and Kabui were tied at 22 in the second and third rounds, but in the fourth round Kabui received 23 and Mua 21.


India: In parliamentary elections in Andhra Pradesh held on April 30 and May 7, the Telugu Desam Party wins 32.5% of the vote (117 of 294 seats), the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 27.9% (70), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi 13.7% (63), the Indian National Congress 11.7% (21), and the Bharatiya Janata Party 4.1% (9). The state is to be split on June 2, with 119 of the 294 seats then making up the assembly of the new Telangana state and 175 left to the truncated Andhra Pradesh. On May 28 the governor of Andhra Pradesh, E.S.L. Narasimhan, is appointed to be governor of Telangana also.
Indonesia: Former governor of Kalimantan Selatan (2000-05) Sjachriel Darham dies.
Ireland: Defence Minister Alan Shatter resigns. In a reshuffle on May 8, Prime Minister Enda Kenny takes over the portfolio.
Lebanon: Parliament fails a third time to elect a president when the two-thirds quorum is not met. The same is the case on May 15, May 22, and May 24. President Michel Suleiman's term expires at the end of May 24. From May 25 the powers of the presidency fall to the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
South Africa: In parliamentary elections, the African National Congress (ANC) wins 62.1% of the vote (249 of 400 seats), the Democratic Alternative (DA) 22.2% (89), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 6.4% (25), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 2.4% (10), and the National Freedom Party (NFP) 1.6% (6). Turnout is 73.4%. Results of provincial elections: On May 21 parliament reelects (unopposed) Jacob Zuma as president and the provincial legislatures elect the premiers, six being reelected, while Phumulo Masualle becomes new premier of Eastern Cape, David Makhura of Gauteng, and Supra Mahumapelo of North West. On May 25 the new cabinet is announced (sworn in May 26) with Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president, Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, and Malusi Gigaba as home affairs minister, the foreign and defense ministers staying in place.




Thailand: The Constitutional Court removes Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several ministers, including Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul and Finance Minister Kittirat Na Ranong, from office. The remaining cabinet members appoint Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan as caretaker prime minister. On May 8 he also takes over the defense portfolio (which was also held by Yingluck) while Phongthep Thepkanjana takes charge of foreign affairs and Tanusak Lekuthai of finance. On May 22 the military stages a coup, with its Peace and Order Maintaining Command headed by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha taking over the government. On May 23 the new administrative structure is announced, Gen. Thanasak Patimaprakorn taking charge of foreign affairs, defense, and interior and Prajin Jantong of finance.



Costa Rica: Luis Guillermo Solís is sworn in as president. His cabinet includes Manuel González Sanz as foreign minister, Celso Gamboa as security minister, and Helio Fallas (the new vice president) as finance minister.
United States: Former governor of Missouri (1977-81) Joseph P. Teasdale dies.


Finland: Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen announces she will leave the cabinet.
India: Former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh (1990-92) N. Janardhana Reddy dies.
Japan: Former governor of Wakayama (1995-2000) Isamu Nishiguchi dies.


United States: Former governor of Wisconsin (1971-77) Patrick J. Lucey dies.


Honduras: Former foreign minister (1974-75) Ricardo Pineda Milla dies.
Lithuania: In the first round of presidential elections, incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite (independent) wins 46.6% of the vote, Zigmantas Balcytis (Social Democratic Party) 13.8%, Arturas Paulauskas (Labour Party) 12.2%, Naglis Puteikis (independent) 9.5%, Valdemar Tomasevski (Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania) 8.4%, Arturas Zuokas (Homeland Revival and Perspective) 5.3%, and Bronis Rope (Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union) 4.2%; turnout is 52.1%. The runoff is held on May 25, Grybauskaite winning 59% of the vote and Balcytis 41%; turnout is 47.3%.
New Caledonia: In parliamentary elections, Calédonie Ensemble wins 13 of 54 seats, Union Calédonienne 9, Front pour l'Unité 7, Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste 6, Union pour la Calédonie dans la France 6, and Union Nationale pour l'Indépendance 6. Turnout is about 64%.


India: In parliamentary elections held on April 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12, the National Democratic Alliance wins about 335 of 543 seats (including the Bharatiya Janata Party with about 280) and the United Progressive Alliance about 60 (including the Indian National Congress with about 45). On May 17 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns. On May 20 Narendra Modi is appointed as prime minister, to be sworn in on May 26. On May 21 he resigns as chief minister of Gujarat and Anandiben Patel is designated to be chief minister; she is sworn in May 22. On May 27 Modi allocates portfolios to his ministers, with Sushma Swaraj becoming foreign minister, Arun Jaitley defense and finance minister, and Rajnath Singh home affairs minister.
Malaysia: The chief minister of Terengganu, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, resigns. Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman is sworn in as new chief minister.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin appoints Nikolay Rogozhkin as his plenipotentiary in Sibirsky federal district, replacing Viktor Tolokonsky, who is appointed acting governor of Krasnoyarsk kray. Putin also appoints Sergey Melikov to replace Aleksandr Khloponin as plenipotentiary in Severo-Kavkazsky federal district.


Belgium: Former prime minister (1992-99) Jean-Luc Dehaene dies.

Vanuatu: Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil loses a no-confidence vote in parliament (35-11) and Joe Natuman is elected prime minister (40 of 52 votes). The new cabinet includes Sato Kilman as foreign minister, Charlot Salwai as internal affairs minister, and Maki Simelum remaining finance minister.


Finland: Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's government survives a parliamentary no-confidence vote, which is defeated 94-77.
France: Jean-François Macaire is elected president of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes.


India: The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, resigns. On May 20 Jitan Ram Manjhi is sworn in as chief minister.
Laos: Defense Minister Douangchay Phichith is killed in a plane crash.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignations of the governors of Kursk (Aleksandr Mikhailov), Lipetsk (Oleg Korolev), Orenburg (Yury Berg), Tyumen (Vladimir Yakushev), and Vologda (Oleg Kuvshinnikov) oblasti and appoints all of them as acting governors until elections.


Guinea-Bissau: In the presidential runoff, José Mário Vaz wins 61.9% of the vote and Nuno Gomes Nabiam 38.1%.
Serbia: Former president of Yugoslavia (1992-93) Dobrica Cosic dies.


Belgium: Former governor of Brussels-Capital (1995-98) André Degroeve dies.

Bermuda: Premier Craig Cannonier resigns. Michael Dunkley becomes acting premier, and on May 20 is sworn in as premier. On May 22 minor cabinet changes are announced, not affecting the key portfolios.


Malawi: In presidential elections, Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wins 36.4% of the vote, Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 27.8%, and incumbent Joyce Banda of the People's Party (PP) 20.2%. Mutharika is sworn in on May 31. In parliamentary elections also held on May 20, independents win 52 of 192 seats, the DPP 50, the MCP 48, the PP 26, and the United Democratic Front 14.


Venezuela: Former president (1984-89) Jaime Lusinchi dies.


South Korea: President Park Geun Hye nominates Ahn Dae Hee as prime minister. However, on May 28 Ahn withdraws from consideration.


India: The chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, resigns and T.R. Zeliang is appointed chief minister (sworn in May 24).
United States: President Barack Obama nominates Julián Castro as secretary of housing and urban development.


Ecuador: Former foreign minister (1988-92) Diego Cordovez Zegers dies.
Thailand: Former foreign minister (2006-08) Nitya Pibulsongkram dies.


Belgium: In parliamentary elections, the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) wins 20.3% of the vote (34 of 150 seats), the Socialist Party (PS) 11.7% (25), Christian Democratic & Flemish (CD&V) 11.7% (18), Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD) 9.8% (14), the Reformist Movement (MR) 9.6% (18), the Socialist Party Different (sp.a) 8.8% (12), Groen 5.3% (6), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) 5% (9), the Workers' Party of Belgium (PVDA/PTB) 3.7% (2), Flemish Interest (VB) 3.7% (3), and Ecolo 3.3% (6). On May 26 Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo resigns. Results of regional elections also held on May 25: Colombia: In the first round of presidential elections, Óscar Iván Zuluaga (Democratic Centre) wins 31.1% of the vote, incumbent Juan Manuel Santos (Party of the U) 27.3%, Marta Lucía Ramírez (Conservative Party) 16.5%, Clara López Obregón (Alternative Democratic Pole) 16.2%, and Enrique Peńalosa (Green Alliance) 8.8%. Turnout is 40.1%. The runoff will be held on June 15.
European Union: In elections to the European Parliament held May 22-25, the European People's Party wins 214 of 751 seats, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats 191, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe 64, the Greens/European Free Alliance 52, the European Conservatives and Reformists 46, the European United Left/Nordic Green Left 45, Europe of Freedom and Democracy 38, and members not (yet) attached to a group 101. Turnout is 42.5%. National results: Italy: In regional elections in Abruzzo, Luciano D'Alfonso (Democratic Party) is elected president with 46.3% of the vote, against 29.3% for Giovanni Chiodi (Forza Italia) and 21.3% for Sara Marcozzi (Five Star Movement). In Piemonte, Sergio Chiamparino (Democratic Party) is elected with 47.1%, against 22.1% for Gilberto Pichetto (Forza Italia) and 21.5% for Davide Bono (Five Star Movement).
Poland: Former first secretary of the Polish United Workers' Party (1981-89), prime minister (1981-85), chairman of the Council of State (1985-89), and president (1989-90) Wojciech Jaruzelski dies.
Tuvalu: Former chief minister (1975-78), prime minister (1978-81), and governor-general (1990-93) Sir Toaripi Lauti dies.
Ukraine: In presidential elections, Petro Poroshenko wins 54.5% of the vote, Yuliya Tymoshenko 12.9%, Oleh Lyashko 8.4%, Anatoliy Hrytsenko 5.5%, Serhiy Tihipko 5.3%, and Mykhailo Dobkin 3.1%.


Mali: Defense Minister Soumeylou Boubčye Maďga resigns. On May 28 Bah N'Daw is appointed as defense minister.


Egypt: In presidential elections held May 26-28, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wins 96.9% of the vote and Hamdeen Sabahi 3.1%. Turnout is 47.5%.

Malaysia: Former yang di-pertuan agong (1989-94) Tuanku Azlan Muhibuddin Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-Lah, the sultan of Perak, dies. Raja Nazrin is proclaimed as sultan (Tuanku Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah) on May 29.


Georgia: The parliament of Abkhazia passes a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaya (20-1) and a resolution asking President Aleksandr Ankvab to resign. Ankvab refuses, and on May 31 parliament declares his inability to exercise the powers of president and appoints Speaker Valery Bganba acting president.
Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas asks Rami Hamdallah to form a new government.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the president of Bashkortostan, Rustem Khamitov, and of the governor of Nizhny Novgorod oblast, Valery Shantsev. Both are appointed to continue in acting capacity until elections.
United States: Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki resigns. Sloan D. Gibson becomes acting secretary.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Primorsky kray, Vladimir Miklushevsky, and appoints him acting governor until elections.