Rulers

June 2017

1

Austria: Former foreign minister (1987-95) Alois Mock dies.
Sierra Leone: Former foreign minister (2010-12) Joseph B. Dauda dies.
Switzerland: Paul Signer becomes Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Fredy Fässler president of the government of Sankt Gallen, and Carmen Haag president of the government of Thurgau.

2

France: Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian resigns as president of the Regional Council of Bretagne. On June 22 Loïg Chesnais-Girard is elected in his place (53-0).
Pakistan: Former foreign minister (1966-68) Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada dies.

3

Argentina: Former governor of Mendoza (1973) Ramón Genaro Díaz Bessone dies.
Denmark: Former foreign minister (1993-2000) Niels Helveg Petersen dies (night of June 2/3).
Lesotho: In parliamentary elections, the All Basotho Convention wins 48 of 120 seats, the Democratic Congress 30, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy 11, the Alliance of Democrats 9, the Movement for Economic Change 6, and the Basotho National Party 5. On June 8 the king accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. On June 14 Tom Thabane is appointed prime minister (sworn in June 16).
Malta: In parliamentary elections, the Labour Party wins 55% of the vote (37 of 67 seats) and the Nationalist Party 43.7% (30). Turnout is 92.1%. The new cabinet is announced on June 8 (sworn in June 9), with Carmelo Abela as foreign minister and Michael Farrugia as home affairs minister; Edward Scicluna remains finance minister.

4

Mexico: In gubernatorial elections in Coahuila, Guillermo Anaya Llamas of the National Action Party (PAN) wins about 38% of the vote, Miguel Ángel Riquelme of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) about 36%, and Armando Guadiana Tijerina of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) about 12%. In México, Alfredo Del Mazo (PRI) wins about 34% and Delfina Gómez (Morena) about 31%. In Nayarit, Antonio Echevarría García (PAN) wins about 39%, Manuel Cota Jiménez (PRI) about 27%, and Hilario Ramírez Villanueva (independent) about 12%.

5

Paraguay: Finance Minister Santiago Peña resigns. Lea Giménez is sworn in as finance minister on June 6.

6

Bangladesh: Former chief adviser (2001) Latifur Rahman dies.
Cayman Islands: The allocation of cabinet portfolios is announced with Roy McTaggart as finance minister and Tara Rivers as home affairs minister.
Nepal: Sher Bahadur Deuba is elected prime minister (388-170). He is sworn in on June 7 with a cabinet including Krishna Bahadur Mahara as foreign minister, Janardan Sharma as home minister, and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki as finance minister.
Switzerland: Bernhard Pulver is elected president of the government of Bern.

8

Croatia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Davor Bozinovic is appointed as interior minister. Parliament confirms the new ministers on June 9 (78 of 151 members voting in favour).
Nicaragua: Former foreign minister (1979-90) Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann dies.
United Kingdom: In parliamentary elections, the Conservative Party wins 42.4% of the vote (318 of 650 seats), the Labour Party 40% (262), the Liberal Democrats 7.4% (12), the Scottish National Party 3% (35), the United Kingdom Independence Party 1.8% (0), the Green Party 1.6% (1), the Democratic Unionist Party 0.9% (10), Sinn Féin 0.7% (7), Plaid Cymru 0.5% (4), the Social Democratic and Labour Party 0.3% (0), and the Ulster Unionist Party 0.3% (0). Turnout is 68.7%. On June 9 Prime Minister Theresa May confirms the key ministers in their posts.

9

South Korea: Kim Dong Yeon is confirmed by a parliamentary committee and officially appointed as finance minister. On June 11 President Moon Jae In nominates Song Young Moo as defense minister. On June 18 Kang Kyung Wha is formally appointed foreign minister, without the usual (but not legally required) parliamentary approval.

10

United States: In the mayoral runoff in El Paso, Dee Margo wins 57% of the vote and David Saucedo 43%. In the runoff in San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg wins 54.6% of the vote and incumbent Ivy Taylor 45.4%. Nirenberg takes office June 21.

11

France: In the first round of parliamentary elections, La République en marche wins 28.2% of the vote, the Republicans 15.8%, the National Front 13.2%, La France insoumise 11%, and the Socialist Party 7.4%; turnout is 48.7%. In the second round on June 18, La République en marche wins 43.1% of the vote and a total of 308 out of 577 seats, the Republicans 22.2% (113), the National Front 8.8% (8), the Democrat Movement 6.1% (42), the Socialist Party 5.7% (29), and La France insoumise 4.9% (17); turnout is 42.6%. On June 19, President Emmanuel Macron reappoints Édouard Philippe as prime minister. On June 20 Armies Minister Sylvie Goulard asks not to be considered for the new government. On June 21 the new government is named, with Florence Parly as armies minister and no change in the foreign, interior, and finance posts.
Kosovo: In parliamentary elections, a coalition headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, and the Initiative for Kosovo wins 39 of 120 seats, Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) 30, and a coalition headed by the Democratic League of Kosovo 30.

12

Croatia: Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier resigns. Marija Pejcinovic Buric is nominated to succeed him; parliament confirms her (78-35) on June 19.
Japan: Former governor of Okinawa (1990-98) Masahide Ota dies.

13

Brazil: Former acting governor of Piauí (1966) José Odon Maia Alencar dies.
Ireland: Prime Minister Enda Kenny resigns. On June 14 Leo Varadkar is elected prime minister (57-50 with 45 abstentions) and names his cabinet including Simon Coveney as foreign minister and Paschal Donohoe as finance minister.

14

Canada: Arthur Joseph LeBlanc is appointed as the next lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia and Margaret M. Thom as next commissioner of the Northwest Territories.
Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy survives a parliamentary no-confidence vote that is rejected 170-82, with 97 abstentions.
Switzerland: Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter announces his resignation, effective October 31.

15

Brazil: Former governor of Rio Grande do Norte (2003-10) Wilma Maria de Faria dies.
India: Former acting governor of Gujarat (1967, 1973) P.N. Bhagwati dies.
Romania: The ministers of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's government resign, but not Grindeanu himself. On June 21 parliament removes Grindeanu in a no-confidence vote (241-7).
Serbia: President Aleksandar Vucic nominates Ana Brnabic as prime minister.

16

China: Former chairman of the government of Xizang (1970-79) Ren Rong dies.
Germany: Former minister-president of Rheinland-Pfalz (1969-76) and chancellor (1982-98) Helmut Kohl dies.

17

Argentina: Former acting cabinet chief (2001) Luis Lusquiños dies.
Poland: Former foreign minister (1976-80) Emil Wojtaszek dies.
Vanuatu: President Baldwin Lonsdale dies. The speaker of parliament, Esmon Saimon, becomes acting president.

19

Russia: Former head of the administration of Ivanovo oblast (1996-2000) Vladislav Tikhomirov dies.

20

Finland: Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's government wins a confidence vote in parliament (104-85).
India: Ram Nath Kovind resigns as governor of Bihar. The governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi, is given additional charge of Bihar (sworn in June 22).

21

Peru: Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne resigns after losing a confidence vote in Congress (88-11). On June 23 Prime Minister Fernando Zavala is sworn in as finance minister.
Saudi Arabia: Abdul Aziz ibn Saud is named interior minister.
Venezuela: Samuel Moncada is named foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

22

Botswana: Former president (1980-98) Sir Ketumile Masire dies.