December 2017


New Caledonia: In the fourth attempt, the government reelects Philippe Germain as president (10 of 11 votes). On December 6 the allocation of portfolios is announced with Nicolas Metzdorf as budget minister.
Norway: Former governor of Nordland (1991-2007) Åshild Hauan dies.
United States: Tim Keller takes office as mayor of Albuquerque.


France: In the first round of territorial elections in Corsica, For Corsica (nationalists) wins 45.4% of the vote, Way of the Future (regionalist right) 15%, Voir plus Grand (linked to the Republicans) 12.8%, Go for Tomorrow (linked to La République en marche) 11.3%, Renewal (independentists) 6.7%, Corse insoumise-Communist Party 5.7%, and the National Front 3.3%; turnout is 52.1%. Lists receiving at least 7% participate in the second round on December 10. For Corsica wins 56.5% of the vote (41 of 63 seats), Way of the Future 18.3% (10), Go for Tomorrow 12.7% (6), and Voir plus Grand 12.6% (6); turnout is 52.5%.


European Union: Former acting president of the European Commission (1999) Manuel Marín dies.
The Gambia: Habib Saihou Drammeh is appointed interior minister.
Montserrat: Andrew Pearce is appointed governor, to take office in January 2018.
Sierra Leone: In a cabinet reshuffle, Kaifala Marah is named foreign minister, Alfred Palo Conteh defense minister, and Ismael Sengu Koroma internal affairs minister.
United States: Gavin Buckley is sworn in as mayor of Annapolis and Vi Lyles as mayor of Charlotte.
Yemen: Former president of Yemen (Sana) (1978-90) and of Yemen (1990-2012) Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed.


Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri rescinds his resignation.
Romania: Former king (1927-30, 1940-47) Mihai I dies.
Solomon Islands: Commins Mewa is sworn in as home affairs minister.
United States: The Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of homeland security (62-37). She is sworn in on December 6.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms (Democrat) wins 50.4% of the vote and Mary Norwood (Independent) 49.6%.


Czech Republic: Andrej Babis is named prime minister.
Switzerland: Parliament elects Alain Berset as president for 2018 (190 of 210 votes) and Ueli Maurer as vice president (178 of 192 votes).


Liberia: The Supreme Court authorizes the organization of the presidential runoff between George Weah and Joseph Boakai.
Poland: Prime Minister Beata Szydlo survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (rejected 239-168) but resigns the same day. Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is nominated to replace her. On December 8 President Andrzej Duda formally asks Morawiecki to form a cabinet. On December 11 the cabinet is announced with no change in key portfolios and it is sworn in.


Kuwait: In a cabinet reshuffle, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah is named defense minister and Nayef Falah al-Hajraf finance minister.