September 2015



Curaçao: Bernard Whiteman is sworn in as prime minister.


Faeroe Islands: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democratic Party wins 25.1% of the vote (8 of 33 seats), Republic 20.8% (7), the People's Party 18.9% (6), the Union Party 18.8% (6), Progress 7% (2), the Centre Party 5.5% (2), and New Self-Government 4% (2). Turnout is 88.8%. A new government takes office September 15, with Aksel V. Johannesen as prime minister, Poul Michelsen as foreign minister, Kristina Háfoss as finance minister, and Henrik Old as interior minister.
Georgia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Giorgi Kvirikashvili is named foreign minister.


Guatemala: President Otto Pérez Molina resigns. Vice President Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre is sworn in as president on September 3. On September 16 Congress elects Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria as new vice president.
Lebanon: The parliament's 28th attempt to elect a president fails again due to lack of quorum, the vote being postponed to September 30 and then, after the 29th failed attempt, to October 21.

Mauritania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Hamadi Ould Meimou is named foreign minister and Ahmedou Ould Abdella interior minister.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton is sworn in as governor-general.


India: Former chief minister of Goa (1993-94, 1994, 1998) Wilfred D'Souza dies.
Sri Lanka: The new cabinet is sworn in. It includes Vajira Abeywardena as minister of home affairs and S.B. Nawinna as minister of internal affairs, who take office September 7.


Brazil: Former governor of Pará (1966-71, 1979-83) Alacid da Silva Nunes dies.
Saint Helena: Former administrator of Ascension (1995-99) Roger Huxley dies.


Guatemala: In presidential elections, Jimmy Morales (National Convergence Front) wins 23.8% of the vote, Sandra Torres (National Unity of Hope) 19.8%, and Manuel Baldizón (Renewed Democratic Liberty) 19.6%. A runoff is to be held October 25.
Guernsey: Lieutenant Governor Peter Walker dies. The bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, becomes acting lieutenant governor.


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Guinea-Bissau: A new government is named with Rui Dia de Sousa as foreign minister, Eduardo Costa Sanhá as defense minister, and Octávio Alves remaining interior minister. On September 9, however, the Supreme Court decides that the August 20 appointment of Prime Minister Baciro Djá was unconstitutional and he resigns on the same date. On September 17 Carlos Correia is appointed and sworn in as prime minister.
Haiti: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ardouin Zéphirin is named interior minister (installed September 11).
Hungary: Defense Minister Csaba Hende resigns. István Simicskó is named to replace him, effective September 10.
Kyrgyzstan: Former first secretary of the Communist Party of the Kirgiz S.S.R. (1961-85) Turdakun Usubaliyev dies.


Trinidad and Tobago: In parliamentary elections, the People's National Movement wins 23 of 41 seats and the United National Congress 18. On September 9 Keith Rowley is sworn in as prime minister and Edmund Dillon as national security minister. On September 11 Dennis Moses is sworn in as foreign minister and Colm Imbert as finance minister.


Mongolia: Parliament appoints several new ministers including Bayarbaatar Bolor as finance minister.
Russia: Ruslan Kazanokov is approved as prime minister of Karachayevo-Cherkessia.
Sri Lanka: Isuru Devapriya is appointed as chief minister of Western province and Dharmasiri Dassanayake as chief minister of North Western province. They are sworn in the same day.


Italy: Former president of Molise (1988-90) Fernando Di Laura Frattura dies.


Mexico: Carlos Mendoza Davis takes office as governor of Baja California Sur.
United Kingdom: Peter Robinson stands aside as first minister of Northern Ireland, to be temporarily replaced by Arlene Foster.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Nashville, Megan Barry wins 54.9% of the vote and David Fox 45.1%. Barry is sworn in on September 25.


Gabon: In a cabinet reshuffle, Pacôme Moubelet Boubeya is named interior minister and Mathias Otounga Ossibadjouo defense minister.

Singapore: In parliamentary elections, the People's Action Party wins 69.9% of the vote (83 of 89 seats) and the Workers' Party 12.5% (6). A new cabinet is named on September 28 (to be sworn in October 1), including Vivian Balakrishnan as foreign minister, Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam as home affairs minister, and Heng Swee Keat as finance minister; Ng Eng Hen remains defense minister.


Egypt: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab resigns. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appoints Sherif Ismail to form a new cabinet. On September 19 the new government is sworn in with no change in key ministries.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin nominates Dmitry Kobylkin, Denis Sadovnikov, and Anatoly Sak as candidates for governor of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrug.
Uganda: Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima dies.


Mexico: Claudia Pavlovich Arellano takes office as governor of Sonora.
Russia: Results of elections for heads of republics and regional governors (CPRF=Communist Party of the Russian Federation, LDPR=Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia), all winners (except for the Irkutsk runoff) being the acting incumbents:

The head of the republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the governor of Khanty-Mansi autonomous okrug are elected by the local parliaments. In North Ossetia-Alania Tamerlan Aguzarov is elected (66-1) and immediately sworn in. On September 15 he nominates Vyacheslav Bitarov as prime minister, who is confirmed by the local parliament on September 24. In Khanty-Mansi autonomous okrug Natalya Komarova is elected with 28 votes against 7 for Mikhail Serdyuk; she is also sworn in the same day. Minnikhanov (Tatarstan) is sworn in on September 18, Ignatyev (Chuvashia) and Artamonov (Kaluga) on September 19, Kozlov (Amur) on September 20, Markelov (Mari El), Tsukanov (Kaliningrad), Belozertsev (Penza), and Kozhemyako (Sakhalin) on September 21, Ilyukhin (Kamchatka), Kondratyev (Krasnodar), Tuleyev (Kemerovo), Nazarov (Omsk), Nikitin (Tambov), and Levintal (Yevreyskaya) on September 22, Orlov (Arkhangelsk) on September 24, Bogomaz (Bryansk) and Ostrovsky (Smolensk) on September 28, Golubev (Rostov) on September 29, and Drozdenko (Leningrad) on September 30.


Estonia: Hannes Hanso is appointed defense minister.

Moldova: Nina Shtansky leaves office as foreign minister of Transnistria. Her deputy Vitaly Ignatyev becomes acting foreign minister.


Australia: Malcolm Turnbull is sworn in as prime minister, having defeated Tony Abbott in a Liberal Party leadership spill. On September 20 he names his cabinet (sworn in September 21) with Marise Payne as defence minister and Scott Morrison as treasurer, other key portfolios being unchanged.
Sri Lanka: Chamara Sampath Dassanayake is sworn in as chief minister of Uva.


Burkina Faso: President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida are arrested in a coup by members of the presidential guard. On September 17 Gen. Gilbert Diendéré is named as head of a National Council of Democracy. After an army intervention on September 21, on September 23 power is transferred back to Kafando.
Mexico: Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas takes office as governor of Campeche.
Yemen: The government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah returns to Aden from months of exile in Saudi Arabia. President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi returns on September 22.


Falkland Islands: Former Argentine military governor (1982) Mario Benjamín Menéndez dies.


Russia: The head of the republic of Komi, Vyacheslav Gayzer, is arrested. The deputy head being also arrested, the chairman of the government, Vladimir Tukmakov, de facto assumes the duties of head of the republic. On September 30 Russian president Vladimir Putin dismisses Gayzer and appoints Sergey Gaplikov as acting head of the republic.
Trinidad and Tobago: Former foreign minister (1985-86) Errol Mahabir dies.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Chaco, Domingo Peppo (Frente Chaco Merece Más) wins 55.4% of the vote and Aída Ayala (Vamos Chaco) 42.3%.
Greece: In parliamentary elections, the Coalition of the Radical Left wins 35.5% of the vote (145 of 300 seats), New Democracy 28.1% (75), Golden Dawn 7% (18), the Panhellenic Socialist Movement 6.3% (17), the Communist Party 5.6% (15), The River 4.1% (11), the Independent Greeks 3.7% (10), the Centrist Union 3.4% (9), and Popular Unity 2.9% (0). Turnout is 56.6%. On September 21 Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as prime minister. On September 22 Tsipras names his government (sworn in September 23), including Panagiotis Kouroumplis as interior minister and, as in the previous Tsipras government, Nikos Kotzias as foreign minister, Panos Kammenos as defense minister, and Efkleidis Tsakalotos as finance minister.


Indonesia: Soni Sumarsono becomes acting governor of Sulawesi Utara after the term of Sinyo Harry Sarundajang ended September 20.


Finland: The government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä wins a confidence vote in parliament (104-60).
Solomon Islands: In a cabinet reshuffle, Commins Mewa is named minister of national security.


Canada: J. Michel Doyon is sworn in as lieutenant governor of Quebec.
Mali: In a cabinet reshuffle, Col. Salif Traoré is appointed as security minister.


Argentina: Former governor of Tucumán (1987-91) José Domato dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): In a cabinet reshuffle, Crispin Atama Tabe is named defense minister.


Mexico: Juan Manuel Carreras López takes office as governor of San Luis Potosí.


Austria: In state elections in Oberösterreich, the Austrian People's Party wins 36.4% of the vote (21 of 56 seats), the Freedom Party 30.4% (18), the Social Democratic Party 18.4% (11), the Greens 10.3% (6), and New Austria 3.5% (0). Turnout is 81.6%.
India: The governor of Manipur, Syed Ahmed (also governor of Jharkhand 2011-15), dies. On September 28 the governor of Meghalaya, V. Shanmuganathan, is given the additional charge of Manipur (sworn in September 30).
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Catalonia, Together for Yes wins 39.7% of the vote (62 of 135 seats), Ciutadans 18% (25), the Party of Socialists of Catalonia 12.8% (16), Catalonia Yes We Can 9% (11), the Popular Party 8.5% (11), and Popular Unity Candidacy-Left Alternative 8.2% (10). Turnout is 77.4%.


Gibraltar: Governor Sir James Dutton departs. Alison MacMillan becomes acting governor.
United States: Former governor of South Dakota (1993-95) Walter Dale Miller dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): The governor of Katanga, Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, resigns.
Denmark: Defense Minister Carl Holst resigns. On September 30 Peter Christensen is appointed as new minister.
India: Former lieutenant governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (2004-06) Ram Kapse dies.
Philippines: Mel Senen Sarmiento is sworn in as interior secretary.
Romania: Prime Minister Victor Ponta survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (207 votes for the motion, 8 against; 275 were required).


Sint Maarten: Parliament passes a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs (8-7).