June 2015


Australia: Former premier of Victoria (1990-92) Joan Kirner dies.
Canada: Former premier of Quebec (1994-96) Jacques Parizeau dies.
Dominica: Former president (2003-12) Nicholas Liverpool dies.

India: J.P. Rajkhowa is sworn in as governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
Japan: Former foreign minister (2004-05, 2007) Nobutaka Machimura dies.
Switzerland: Matthias Weishaupt becomes Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Hans-Jürg Käser president of the government of Bern, Monika Maire-Hefti president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Benedikt Würth president of the government of Sankt Gallen, and Jakob Stark president of the government of Thurgau.


Timor-Leste: Former acting president (2008) Fernando de Araújo dies.


Latvia: In the first round of voting for a new president, Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis (Union of Greens and Farmers) wins 34 votes in the 100-seat parliament, Egils Levits (National Alliance) 24, Sergejs Dolgopolovs (Harmony) 23, and Martins Bondars (Alliance of Regions) 7. In the second round, Vejonis wins 34 votes, Levits 25, Dolgopolovs 24, and Bondars 7. In the third, Vejonis wins 35, Levits 26, and Dolgopolovs 23. In the fourth, Vejonis 46 and Levits 26. In the fifth, Vejonis, now the sole candidate, is elected with 55 votes. He will be sworn in on July 8. On June 18 Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma nominates Raimonds Bergmanis to succeed Vejonis as defense minister.
Lebanon: Parliament fails again to elect a president (no quorum), and again on June 24, the next attempt to be on July 15.


Mauritius: Parliament unanimously elects Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as president (sworn in June 5).
Niger: In a cabinet reshuffle, Saïdou Sidibé replaces Gilles Baillet as finance minister.
Vanuatu: Prime Minister Joe Natuman dismisses Foreign Minister Sato Kilman and appoints Kalvau Moli in his place. On June 11 Natuman is ousted in a vote of no confidence (27-25) and Kilman elected prime minister, defeating Ham Lini 28-22. The new cabinet announced on June 12 includes Serge Vohor as foreign minister, Hosea Nevu as internal affairs minister, and Willie Jimmy as finance minister.


Iraq: Former foreign minister (1983-91) Tariq Aziz dies.
Mexico: Former chief of government of the Distrito Federal (1988-93) and foreign minister (1993-94) Manuel Camacho Solís dies.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin appoints Tamerlan Aguzarov as acting head of the republic of North Ossetia-Alania, replacing Taimuraz Mamsurov, whose term would have expired June 7. The prime minister, Sergey Takoyev, resigns on June 10. First Deputy Prime Minister Azamat Khadikov is appointed acting prime minister.
Togo: Komi Selom Klassou is named prime minister. He takes office June 10. On June 28 the full government is named, the key posts being unchanged.


The Sudan: Ibrahim Ghandour is named foreign minister and Lieut.Gen. Mustafa Obeid acting defense minister.


Mexico: Winners of gubernatorial elections (PAN=National Action Party, PRD=Party of the Democratic Revolution, PRI=Institutional Revolutionary Party): Turkey: In parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party wins 40.9% of the vote (259 of 550 seats), the Republican People's Party 24.8% (131), the Nationalist Action Party 16.3% (79), and the People's Democratic Party 13.4% (81). Turnout is 85.3%.


British Virgin Islands: In parliamentary elections, the ruling National Democratic Party wins 7 of 9 seats and the Virgin Islands Party 2.
Cambodia: Samdech Chea Sim, former chairman of the Council of State (1992-93), dies.
China: Li Jinbin is appointed acting governor of Anhui.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin appoints Vasily Golubev, whose regular term would have expired June 14, as acting governor of Rostov oblast until elections.
United States: Garry Moneypenny resigns as mayor of Akron, effective June 10. On June 11 the City Council president, Jeff Fusco, takes office as mayor.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Chuvashia, Mikhail Ignatyev, whose regular term would have expired August 29, and appoints him as acting head of the republic until elections.


Italy: Giovanni Toti takes office as president of Liguria.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Kaluga oblast, Anatoly Artamonov, whose regular term would have expired July 26, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.



Canada: Lois Mitchell is sworn in as lieutenant governor of Alberta.
Italy: Luca Ceriscioli takes office as president of Marche.
Moldova: Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici resigns. On June 22 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman is named acting prime minister.
Romania: Prime Minister Victor Ponta survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (194-13; 278 needed).


India: Former governor of Himachal Pradesh (1995-96) Sheila Kaul dies.
Madagascar: The constitutional court throws out parliament's bid to dismiss President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in San Antonio, incumbent Ivy Taylor wins 51.7% of the vote and Leticia Van de Putte 48.3%.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Santa Fe, Miguel Lifschitz (Frente Progresista Cívico y Social) wins 29.7% of the vote, Miguel Del Sel (Unión Pro Federal) 29.6%, and Omar Perotti (Frente Justicialista para la Victoria) 28.4%. In Río Negro, incumbent Alberto Weretilneck (Juntos somos Río Negro) wins about 53% and Miguel Pichetto (Frente para la Victoria) about 34%.


Norway: Former governor of Møre og Romsdal (1977-2002) Alv Jakob Fostervoll dies.


Austria: Hermann Schützenhöfer is elected Landeshauptmann of Steiermark (29-19).
Federated States of Micronesia: The Pohnpei state legislature votes to impeach Governor John Ehsa. Pending judgment, Lieutenant Governor Marcelo K. Peterson will serve as acting governor.


Argentina: Former president (1970-71) Roberto Marcelo Levingston dies.
Palestine: Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah's government resigns. President Mahmoud Abbas asks Hamdallah to form a new government.
Turkey: Former prime minister (1965-71, 1975-77, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1991-93) and president (1993-2000) Süleyman Demirel dies.



Benin: A new government is named with Lionel Zinsou as prime minister, Saliou Akadiri as foreign minister, and Placide Azandé as interior minister; Théophile Yarou remains defense minister and Komi Koutché finance minister.

Denmark: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democrats win 26.3% of the vote (47 of 175 mainland seats), the Danish People's Party 21.1% (37), Venstre (Liberals) 19.5% (34), the Red-Green Alliance 7.8% (14), the Liberal Alliance 7.5% (13), The Alternative 4.8% (9), Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) 4.6% (8), the Socialist People's Party 4.2% (7), and the Conservative People's Party 3.4% (6); turnout is 85.8%. (With two representatives of the Faeroe Islands and two of Greenland the seat total is 179.) On June 19 Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt resigns and on June 22 the queen gives Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre) the mandate to form a minority government. On June 28 Rasmussen names his government including Kristian Jensen as foreign minister, Carl Holst as defense minister, Karen Ellemann as interior minister, and Claus Hjort Frederiksen as finance minister.
France: Prime Minister Manuel Valls survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (198 votes in favour of the motion; 289 needed).

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Italy: Vincenzo De Luca takes office as president of Campania. On June 26 he is suspended under an anti-corruption law that bans officials convicted of crimes from holding office for a limited period of time.
South Korea: Parliament confirms Hwang Kyo Ahn as prime minister (156-120).
Norfolk Island: Australian legislation revoking the island's autonomy comes into effect.


Canada: Janice Filmon is installed as lieutenant governor of Manitoba.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo (Frente Cambia Mendoza) wins 46.5% of the vote and Adolfo Bermejo (Frente para la Victoria) 39.5%. In Tierra del Fuego, Rosana Bertone (Frente para la Victoria) wins 42.3% and Federico Sciurano (Unir Tierra del Fuego) 33.3%; a runoff is held June 28 and Bertone wins 49.7%, Sciurano 46%.


Colombia: Luis Carlos Villegas is sworn in as defense minister.
Nigeria: Former administrator of Kogi (1996-98) Bzigu Afakirya dies.


Canada: Nellie Kusugak is appointed commissioner of Nunavut.
Indonesia: Former governor of Nusa Tenggara Timur (1978-88) Ben Mboi dies.

Spain: Cristina Cifuentes is elected president of the government of Madrid (65-64). She takes office June 25.
United States: In mayoral elections in Kansas City, Mo., incumbent Sylvester James wins 87.3% of the vote and Vincent Lee 12.7%.


Guernsey: Former bailiff (1992-99) Sir Graham Dorey dies.

Spain: Ximo Puig is elected president of the Generalitat of Valencia (50-44). He takes office June 28.


Italy: Michele Emiliano takes office as president of Puglia.
Pakistan: Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman is sworn in as chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Russia: Former foreign minister (1996-98) and prime minister (1998-99) Yevgeny Primakov dies.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Kaliningrad oblast, Nikolay Tsukanov, whose regular term would have expired September 28, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.


Saint Helena: Former governor (1971-76) Sir Thomas Oates dies.


Burundi: In parliamentary elections, the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) wins 74.8% of the vote (77 of 100 seats), The Independents (Abigenga) 13.9% (21), and the Union for National Progress (UPRONA) 3.1% (2). Turnout is 74.3%.


Spain: Francina Armengol is elected president of the government of Baleares (34-22). Pedro Antonio Sánchez is elected president of Murcia (26-19).