September 2016


China: Li Guoying is appointed acting governor of Anhui.
Macedonia: Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov resigns and is replaced by Oliver Andonov. A new interim government is approved on September 2, however, which includes Oliver Spasovski as interior minister (no other changes in key positions).
Romania: Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos accepts the resignation of Interior Minister Petre Toba. On September 6 Ciolos nominates Dragos Tudorache as interior minister, who is sworn in on September 7.


India: C. Vidyasagar Rao is sworn in as governor of Tamil Nadu. On September 8 Om Prakash Kohli is sworn in as governor of Madhya Pradesh.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Amur oblast (1993) Aleksandr Surat dies.
Spain: Parliament rejects again (180-170) the confirmation of Mariano Rajoy as prime minister.

Uzbekistan: President Islam Karimov dies. Senate chairman Nigmatilla Yuldashev becomes acting president according to the constitution. On September 8, however, parliament appoints Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev as acting president.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of Alberta (2005-10) Normie Kwong dies.
Mali: Defense Minister Tieman Coulibaly is sacked. Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga is named to replace him (taking office September 6).

São Tomé and Príncipe: Evaristo Carvalho takes office as president.


Germany: In state elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Social Democratic Party wins 30.6% of the vote (26 of 71 seats), the Alternative for Germany 20.8% (18), the Christian Democratic Union 19% (16), the Left 13.2% (11), the Greens 4.8% (0), the Free Democratic Party 3% (0), and the National Democratic Party 3% (0). Turnout is 61.9%.


Angola: In a cabinet reshuffle, Archer Mangueira is named to replace Armando Manuel as finance minister.
China: Xu Dazhe is appointed acting governor of Hunan.
Mexico: Omar Fayad Meneses takes office as governor of Hidalgo.


Cook Islands: Peter Marshall is appointed as high commissioner. He is expected to take office in January.
India: Farooq Khan takes office as administrator of Lakshadweep.
Malawi: In a cabinet reshuffle, Grace Chiumia becomes minister of home affairs and internal security.
Papua New Guinea: The National Court declares the July 5 elections of a governor of Hela province null and void. On September 13 the provincial assembly elects Francis Potape as governor (9-0, 4 absent) and he is sworn in.


Lebanon: Parliament fails for a 44th time to elect a president due to a lack of quorum; the next attempt fails likewise on September 28, and the vote is postponed to October 31.
Mexico: Finance Minister Luis Videgaray resigns. José Antonio Meade is named to succeed him.


Armenia: Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan resigns. The ruling party nominates Karen Karapetyan as prime minister; he is appointed by the president on September 13. On September 20 Vardan Aramyan is appointed finance minister.

Kazakhstan: Karim Masimov is dismissed as prime minister and Bakytzhan Sagintayev named acting prime minister. On September 9 Sagintayev is appointed prime minister. On September 13, a reshuffled cabinet is announced with Saken Zhasuzakov as defense minister, the foreign, interior, and finance ministers remaining in place.
Serbia: Former prime minister of Yugoslavia (2001-03) Dragisa Pesic dies.


Estonia: Marina Kaljurand resigns as foreign minister. On September 12 Jürgen Ligi is appointed to replace her.
Fiji: In a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama takes on the foreign affairs portfolio from Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who becomes defense minister.


Seychelles: In parliamentary elections held September 8-10, the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa coalition wins 49.6% of the vote (19 of 33 seats) and the Parti Lepep 49.2% (14). Turnout is 87.5%. On September 27 President James Michel announces his resignation, effective October 16.


Belarus: In parliamentary elections, independents win 94 of 110 seats, the Communist Party 8, the Belarusian Patriotic Party 3, the Republican Party of Labour and Justice 3, the Liberal-Democratic Party 1, and the United Civic Party 1. (The United Civic Party member and one independent are the only opposition.) Turnout is 74.8%.
Croatia: In parliamentary elections, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Coalition wins 61 of 151 seats, the People's Coalition (led by the Social Democratic Party) 54, the Bridge of Independent Lists 13, and The Only Option Coalition 8. Turnout is 52.6%.
Niger: Finance Minister Saïdou Sidibé resigns. Ahmat Jidoud becomes acting finance minister.


India: The governor of Arunachal Pradesh, J.P. Rajkhowa, is removed from office and the governor of Meghalaya, V. Shanmuganathan, is given additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh (sworn in September 14).
Mexico: Alejandro Tello Cristerna takes office as governor of Zacatecas.


China: Wang Dongfeng is appointed acting mayor of Tianjin and Wang Xiaodong acting governor of Hubei.
Tonga: Internal Affairs Minister Fe'ao Vakata resigns.
Zambia: President Edgar Lungu (having been sworn in for a new term September 13) announces a partial cabinet including Harry Kalaba as foreign minister, Davies Chama as defense minister, Steven Kampyongo as home affairs minister, and Felix Mutati as finance minister. The ministers are sworn in on September 15.


Mexico: José Rosas Aispuro Torres takes office as governor of Durango.
United States: Former governor of Arizona (1988-91) Rose Mofford dies.


Cabo Verde: Former president (1991-2001) António Mascarenhas Monteiro dies.
The Gambia: Momodou Alieu Bah is appointed interior minister.
Italy: Former prime minister (1993-94) and president (1999-2006) Carlo Azeglio Ciampi dies.


Germany: In state elections in Berlin, the Social Democratic Party wins 21.6% of the vote (38 of 160 seats), the Christian Democratic Union 17.6% (31), the Left 15.6% (27), the Greens 15.2% (27), the Alternative for Germany 14.2% (25), and the Free Democratic Party 6.7% (12). Turnout is 66.9%.
Russia: In parliamentary elections, United Russia wins 54.2% of the vote (343 of 450 seats), the Communist Party 13.3% (42), the Liberal-Democratic Party 13.1% (39), and A Just Russia 6.2% (23). Turnout is 47.9%. Elections are also held for the heads of Chechnya, Komi, and Tuva republics, Zabaikalsky kray, and Tula, Tver, and Ulyanovsk oblasti, all won by the acting incumbents.

Russia: The parliament of Karachayevo-Cherkessia elects Rashid Temrezov as head of the republic (49-0). On September 22 it approves Aslan Ozov as prime minister (47-0).

Russia: The parliament of North Ossetia-Alania elects Vyacheslav Bitarov as head of the republic. On September 27 it approves Taimuraz Tuskayev as prime minister.
Yemen: Ahmad Obaid al-Fadhli is appointed finance minister in the Aden-based government.


Bermuda: John Rankin is named as the new governor, to take office in December.
Sweden: Former acting foreign minister (2003) Jan O. Karlsson dies.


Jordan: In parliamentary elections, the Islamic Action Front and allies win 15 of 130 seats, most other seats being won by pro-monarchy loyalists. Turnout is 37%. On September 25 Prime Minister Hani Mulki is asked to form a new government, which is approved on September 28 with no change in key positions.


Iraq: Parliament votes 158-77 to remove Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari from office.
Italy: Former president of Sicilia (1998) Giuseppe Drago dies.
Slovenia: Parliament approves Mateja Vranicar Erman as finance minister (50-21).


Isle of Man: In parliamentary elections, independents win 91.7% of the vote (21 of 24 seats) and the Liberal Vannin Party 6.4% (3).


Estonia: In the first round of presidential elections by the electoral college, Allar Jõks wins 83 votes, Siim Kallas 81, Mailis Reps 79, Marina Kaljurand 75, and Mart Helme 16. Jõks and Kallas are the only candidates in the second round, but no one wins the necessary 167 votes, Kallas taking 138 and Jõks 134, with 57 blank votes. The election now passes back to the parliament.


Bolivia: Former president (1978-79) David Padilla Arancibia dies.
Mexico: Carlos Joaquín González is sworn in as governor of Quintana Roo.
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Galicia, the Popular Party wins 47.5% of the vote (41 of 75 seats), En Marea 19.1% (14), the Socialist Party 17.9% (14), and the Galician Nationalist Bloc 8.4% (6); turnout is 63.8%. In País Vasco/Euskadi, the Basque Nationalist Party wins 37.7% of the vote (29 of 75 seats), Euskal Herria Bildu 21.2% (17), Elkarrekin Podemos 14.8% (11), the Socialist Party-Basque Country Left 11.9% (9), and the Popular Party 10.2% (9); turnout is 62.3%.


Sint Maarten: In parliamentary elections, the United People's Party wins 28.5% of the vote (5 of 15 seats), the National Alliance 26.1% (5), the United Sint Maarten Party 19.3% (3), and the Democratic Party 12.5% (2). Turnout is 66.6%.


Iran: Former prime minister (1977-78) Jamshid Amouzegar dies.
Palau: In presidential primary elections, incumbent Tommy Remengesau wins about 49% of the vote, Surangel Whipps, Jr., about 39%, and Sandra Pierantozzi about 9%.


China: Liu Qi is elected governor of Jiangxi.
Gabon: President Ali Bongo Ondimba names Foreign Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet as prime minister (taking office September 29).
Israel: Former prime minister (1977 [acting], 1984-86, 1995-96), foreign minister (1986-88, 1992-95, 2001-02), and president (2007-14) Shimon Peres dies.

New Zealand: Dame Patsy Reddy is sworn in as governor-general.
Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Edo, Godwin Obaseki (All Progressives Congress) wins 54.9% of the vote and Osagie Ize-Iyamu (People's Democratic Party) 43.5%. Turnout is 32.3%.
Poland: Mateusz Morawiecki is named finance minister.

Russia: Natalya Shirokova is appointed acting prime minister of Adygeya.


Spain: The president of the Generalitat of Catalunya, Carles Puigdemont, wins a confidence vote (72-63) in the regional parliament.