June 2014


El Salvador: Salvador Sánchez Cerén takes office as president. Hugo Martínez becomes foreign minister and Ramón Arístides Valencia interior minister, while David Munguía Payés remains defense minister and Carlos Cáceres finance minister.

Georgia: The president of Abkhazia, Aleksandr Ankvab, resigns (see May 29). On June 2 Acting President Valery Bganba names Vladimir Delba acting prime minister.
Gibraltar: Former governor (1995-97) Sir Hugo White dies.
South Korea: President Park Geun Hye nominates Han Min Koo as defense minister.
Switzerland: Alain Ribaux becomes president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Heidi Hanselmann president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Claudius Graf-Schelling president of the government of Thurgau, and Heidi Z'graggen Landammann of Uri.


India: The new state of Telangana comes into existence; E.S.L. Narasimhan is sworn in as governor and Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao as chief minister.
Indonesia: Muhammad Ridho Ficardo is sworn in as governor of Lampung.
Libya: Militias loyal to Ahmed Matiq storm the prime minister's office, and Matiq, elected to the post on May 4, announces that he has taken office. On June 9, however, the Supreme Court declares his election unconstitutional, ruling that Abdullah al-Thani remains prime minister. Matiq accepts the ruling.
Palestine: The new unity government of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is sworn in, ending the separate Gaza government. Riyad al-Malki remains foreign minister and Shukri Bishara finance minister; Hamdallah also holds the interior portfolio.

Spain: The abdication of King Juan Carlos is announced. On June 18 he signs the abdication law, effective at midnight. On June 19 Crown Prince Felipe is proclaimed King Felipe VI.
Switzerland: Barbara Egger-Jenzer is elected president of the government of Bern.


Laos: Maj.Gen. Sengnouane Xayalath is appointed acting defense minister.
Syria: In presidential elections, incumbent Bashar al-Assad wins 92.2% of the vote, Hassan al-Nouri 4.5%, and Maher Hajjar 3.3%. Turnout is 73.4%.


Zimbabwe: Former foreign minister (1988-95) Nathan Shamuyarira dies.


Guatemala: Finance Minister María Castro resigns. On June 16 Dorval Carías takes over as interim finance minister; he is confirmed in the post on June 19.

New Caledonia: Cynthia Ligeard is elected president of the government.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Saint Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.
United States: The Senate confirms (78-17) Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of health and human services. She is sworn in on June 9.


Finland: Antti Rinne takes office as finance minister.

Hungary: The new cabinet, including Tibor Navracsics as foreign minister, takes office.
Malawi: Goodall Gondwe is appointed finance minister. On June 19 George Chaponda is appointed foreign minister. On June 22 President Peter Mutharika assumes the defense portfolio himself and appoints Paul Chibingu as home affairs and internal security minister.
Mauritius: Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval resigns. Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam takes charge of the portfolio.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Samara oblast, Nikolay Merkushkin, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.


Ukraine: Petro Poroshenko is sworn in as president. On June 18 he nominates Pavlo Klimkin as foreign minister, who is confirmed by parliament on June 19.



Egypt: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sworn in as president. On June 9 he asks Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to form a new government. On June 16 Mahlab names Sameh Shoukry as foreign minister. The cabinet is sworn in on June 17.
Georgia: In parliamentary elections in South Ossetia, United Ossetia wins 20 of 34 seats (43.1% of the vote), Unity of the People 6, the People's Party 4, and Nykhas 4. Turnout is 60.1%.

India: Nara Chandrababu Naidu is sworn in as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Kosovo: In parliamentary elections, the alliance led by the Democratic Party of Kosovo wins 30.4% of the vote (37 of 120 seats), the Democratic League of Kosovo 25.2% (30), the Self-Determination Movement 13.6% (16), the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo 9.5% (11), the Serb List 5.2% (9), the Initiative for Kosovo 5.2% (6), and the New Kosovo Alliance 4.7% (0). Turnout is 42.6%.


Argentina: Former governor of Chaco (1987-91) Danilo Baroni dies.
Germany: Former minister-president of Sachsen-Anhalt (1994-2002) Reinhard Höppner dies.
Greece: A reshuffled cabinet is named (sworn in June 10), with Gkikas Chardouvelis as finance minister and Argyris Ntinopoulos as interior minister.
Italy: Sergio Chiamparino takes office as president of Piemonte.
Lebanon: Another parliamentary session to elect a president fails for lack of a quorum. The seventh attempt fails likewise on June 18. The eighth is scheduled for July 2.


Brazil: Former governor of Rio de Janeiro (1995-99) Marcello Nunes de Alencar dies.
Israel: In the first round of voting in parliament to elect a president, Reuven Rivlin receives 44 votes, Meir Sheetrit 31, Dalia Itzik 28, and Dalia Dorner 13. A majority of 61 votes being required, there is a runoff, Rivlin winning 63 and Sheetrit 53. Rivlin is to take office July 27.
South Korea: President Park Geun Hye nominates Moon Chang Keuk as prime minister. In a cabinet reshuffle on June 13, Choi Kyung Hwan is named finance minister. On June 24 Moon withdraws his name from consideration. On June 26 Park retains Chung Hong Won as prime minister.


Yemen: In a cabinet reshuffle, Jamal Abdullah al-Sallal is appointed foreign minister and Muhammad Zamam finance minister.



Antigua and Barbuda: In parliamentary elections, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party wins 56.4% of the vote (14 of 17 seats) and the United Progressive Party 42% (3). Turnout is 90.3%. On June 13 Gaston Browne is sworn in as prime minister. On June 18 his cabinet is sworn in, including himself as finance minister and Charles Fernandez as foreign minister.
Canada: In parliamentary elections in Ontario, the Liberal Party wins 38.6% of the vote (58 of 107 seats), the Progressive Conservative Party 31.3% (28), the New Democratic Party 23.8% (21), and the Green Party 4.8% (0).


Angola: Former high commissioner (1975) António Silva Cardoso dies.
Italy: Luciano D'Alfonso takes office as president of Abruzzo.


Afghanistan: In presidential elections, Ashraf Ghani wins 55.3% of the vote and Abdullah Abdullah 44.7%. Turnout is about 60%.
Guinea-Bissau: Former foreign minister (2009-11) Adelino Mano Quetá dies.


Colombia: In the presidential runoff, Juan Manuel Santos wins 53.1% of the vote and Óscar Iván Zuluaga 46.9%. Turnout is 47.9%.

Slovakia: Andrej Kiska is sworn in as president.


Equatorial Guinea: Former prime minister (2001-04) Cándido Muatetema Rivas dies.


India: The governor of Uttar Pradesh, B.L. Joshi, resigns. On June 18 the governor of Uttarakhand, Aziz Qureshi, is given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh (sworn in June 23).

Norfolk Island: Gary Hardgrave is appointed as administrator, effective July 1.


India: The governor of Chhattisgarh, Shekhar Dutt, resigns. On June 23 the governor of Madhya Pradesh, Ram Naresh Yadav, is given additional charge of Chhattisgarh.
Mexico: The governor of Michoacán, Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, resigns. On June 20 the state parliament elects (38-0) Salvador Jara Guerrero as governor, to serve until Sept. 30, 2015.


The Bahamas: It is announced that Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes will leave office July 8.
Macedonia: Parliament approves the new cabinet of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, including Zoran Jolevski as defense minister, other key posts being unchanged.


Liechtenstein: Former head of government (1974-78) Walter Kieber dies.
Mauritania: In the first round of presidential elections, incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz wins 81.9% of the vote, Biram Dah Ebeid 8.7%, Boydiel Ould Houmeid 4.5%, and Ibrahima Moctar Sarr 4.4%. Turnout is 56.5%.
Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Ayo Fayose (People's Democratic Party) wins 59.4% of the vote and incumbent Kayode Fayemi (All Progressives Congress) 35.2%. Turnout is 65%. Fayose is to take office October 16.


Czech Republic: The governor of Stredoceský kraj, Josef Rihák, resigns. On June 27 Milos Petera is elected new governor.
Finland: Parliament elects Alexander Stubb as prime minister (96-76); he is officially appointed by the president on June 24, with a cabinet unchanged in key positions.

Guinea-Bissau: José Mário Vaz takes office as president. On June 25 he names Domingos Simões Pereira as prime minister.

Peru: In a cabinet reshuffle, Gonzalo Gutiérrez is appointed foreign minister and Daniel Urresti interior minister.


North Korea: Gen. Hyon Yong Chol is mentioned as defense minister, having replaced Jang Jong Nam who was last mentioned as holding the post on June 4.
Venezuela: Former interim president (1993-94) Ramón José Velásquez dies.


India: The governor of Nagaland, Ashwani Kumar, resigns. On June 27 the governor of Meghalaya, Krishan Kant Paul, is given additional charge of Nagaland; also, the governor of Tamil Nadu, Konijeti Rosaiah, is given additional charge of Karnataka (sworn in June 29) and the governor of Mizoram, Vakkom Purushothaman, additional charge of Tripura (sworn in June 30) as the governors of Karnataka and Tripura complete their terms June 28.
Libya: In parliamentary elections (turnout about 45%), 188 independents are elected; 12 of the 200 seats remain empty due to boycotts or lack of security preventing an election.
Poland: The government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk wins a confidence vote in parliament (237-203).
The Sudan: In a cabinet reshuffle, Col.Gen. Esmat Abdel Rahman is appointed interior minister (sworn in June 26).


Canada: Elizabeth Dowdeswell is appointed as lieutenant governor of Ontario.
Ecuador: Former foreign minister (1994-97) Galo Leoro Franco dies.


European Union: The European Council nominates Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg) as president of the Commission.
Haiti: Former president (1988) Leslie Manigat dies.
Lebanon: Former prime minister (1974-75, 1992) Rashid al-Solh dies.


Niger: Former foreign minister (1979-83) Daouda Diallo dies.


Belgium: Oliver Paasch is sworn in as minister-president of the German community.
India: The governor of West Bengal, Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, resigns.
Montenegro: Former prime minister (2006-08) Zeljko Sturanovic dies.
United States: Robert McDonald is nominated as secretary of veterans affairs.