August 2017


Pakistan: The National Assembly elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister with 221 of 339 votes, against 47 for Syed Naveed Qamar and 33 for Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. Abbasi is sworn in the same day. On August 4 a cabinet is sworn in including Khawaja Asif as foreign minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan as defense minister, and Ahsan Iqbal as interior minister; Ishaq Dar remains finance minister.


French Guiana: Patrice Faure is appointed prefect (effective August 28).
Papua New Guinea: Parliament reelects Peter O'Neill as prime minister (60-46). On August 3 a caretaker cabinet is named and sworn in; Rimbink Pato remains foreign minister (also taking the defence portfolio) and James Marape finance minister. In the full cabinet named on August 9, Solan Mirisim is defence minister.
Venezuela: Jorge Arreaza is named foreign minister.


Japan: In a cabinet reshuffle, Taro Kono is appointed as foreign minister, Itsunori Onodera as defense minister, and Seiko Noda as internal affairs minister.


Rwanda: In presidential elections (held August 3 in the diaspora and August 4 in Rwanda), incumbent Paul Kagame wins 98.8% of the vote. Turnout is 98.2%.
Solomon Islands: In a cabinet reshuffle, Moses Garu becomes minister of national security.


India: M. Venkaiah Naidu is elected vice president with 516 votes, against 244 for Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Naidu is sworn in on August 11.
United States: Former governor of Texas (1983-87) Mark White dies.


Kosovo: Agim Krasniqi is designated to become finance minister.


Iran: President Hassan Rouhani (sworn in for his second term August 5) nominates cabinet members including Amir Hatami as defense minister and Masoud Karbasian as finance minister; Mohammad Javad Zarif is to remain foreign minister and Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli interior minister. They are endorsed by parliament on August 20.
Kenya: In presidential elections, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta wins 54.3% of the vote and Raila Odinga 44.7%.
South Africa: President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence motion, which is defeated 198-177.


Guadeloupe: Éric Maire is appointed prefect, effective September 4.


Canada: The premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, announces his resignation.
Italy: Former president of Emilia-Romagna (1987-90) Luciano Guerzoni dies.
Kosovo: Emanuel Demaj is appointed acting foreign minister.
Sri Lanka: Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigns. Vasantha Senanayake becomes acting foreign minister. On August 15, Tilak Marapana is appointed and sworn in as foreign minister.


Algeria: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika dismisses Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune and names Ahmed Ouyahia prime minister. Ouyahia takes office August 16. His government named on August 17 is unchanged in key positions.
Somalia: Former foreign minister (1977-87, 1989-90) Abdirahman Jama Barre dies.


Argentina: Former federal interventor in San Luis (1976) Aldo Mario Barbuy dies.


Albania: The "technical" ministers nominated by the opposition Democratic Party and appointed in May, including Interior Minister Dritan Demiraj and Finance Minister Helga Vukaj, resign.
Congo (Brazzaville): The resignation of Prime Minister Clément Mouamba's government is announced. On August 21 President Denis Sassou-Nguesso asks Mouamba to form a new government. It is named on August 22, with no change in key positions.


New Caledonia: Finance Minister Philippe Dunoyer announces his resignation, which will bring the collapse of the government of President Philippe Germain.
Tunisia: The acting finance minister, Fadhel Abdelkefi, resigns.


Gabon: In a cabinet reshuffle, Noël Nelson Messone is named foreign minister.
Kosovo: Former prime minister (2002-04) Bajram Rexhepi dies.
Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigns to run for president. On August 22 Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziyev is appointed as acting prime minister.


British Virgin Islands: Gus Jaspert is sworn in as governor.
Guinea: In a cabinet reshuffle, Mamadi Touré is named foreign minister.
India: Former chief minister of Manipur (1980-81, 1981-88, 1994-97) Rishang Keishing dies.
Marshall Islands: Former foreign minister (1979-87, 2008-09, 2014-16) Tony deBrum dies.