May 2018


Armenia: Parliament fails to elect a prime minister as Nikol Pashinyan, the sole candidate, receives only 45 votes in favour and 56 against. On May 8 Pashinyan is elected in a second round (59-42) and appointed by the president; Defense Minister Vigen Sarkisyan resigns. On May 10 Finance Minister Vardan Aramyan also resigns. On May 11 Davit Tonoyan is appointed defense minister and on May 12 Atom Janjughazyan as finance minister and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan as foreign minister.
Australia: Kim Beazley is sworn in as governor of Western Australia.
Gabon: Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet presents his resignation. On May 3 President Ali Bongo Ondimba reappoints him to the post. In the new government named on May 4 and sworn in on May 7, Régis Immongault Tatangani becomes foreign minister.
Sierra Leone: President Julius Maada Bio announces a second set of ministers, including David J. Francis as chief minister and Alie Kabba as foreign minister. Parliament approves the first set of ministers on May 4 and most of the second set, including Francis, on May 8.
Switzerland: Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten becomes president of the Council of State of Valais and Thomas Heiniger president of the government of Zürich.


Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto is elected as grand master. He is sworn in on May 3.
Peru: Prime Minister César Villanueva's government wins a parliamentary vote of confidence (94-19).


Canada: Judy Foote is sworn in as lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Chad: Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké's government resigns ahead of a new constitution (which abolishes the prime minister's post) coming into force May 4. On May 7 the new government is announced (sworn in May 10), with Issa Mahamat Abdelmahmout as finance minister and other key posts unchanged.
Italy: Massimiliano Fedriga takes office as president of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.


French Polynesia: In the second round of parliamentary elections, Tapura Huiraatira wins 49.2% of the vote (38 of 57 seats), Tahoeraa Huiraatira 27.7% (11), and Tavini Huiraatira 23.1% (8). Turnout is 66.8%. On May 18, the Assembly reelects Édouard Fritch as president. He receives 39 votes, defeating Geffry Salmon (10) and Oscar Temaru (8). On May 23 Fritch announces his government with Teva Rohfritsch remaining finance minister.
Lebanon: In parliamentary elections, the Free Patriotic Movement and allies win 29 of 128 seats, Hezbollah and allies 27, the Future Movement 20, Amal 17, Lebanese Forces 15, and the Progressive Socialist Party 9. Turnout is 49.2%.
Switzerland: Andrea Bettiga is elected Landammann of Glarus.


Russia: Vladimir Putin is sworn in for his new presidential term. Dmitry Medvedev's government resigns but Putin again nominates Medvedev as prime minister. Medvedev is approved by parliament on May 8 (374-56). On May 18 Putin appoints the new government, with no change in key positions. Due to their entering the government, the resignations are accepted of the governors of Amur oblast, Aleksandr Kozlov, Tyumen oblast, Vladimir Yakushev, and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrug, Dmitry Kobylkin; and Aleksey Gordeyev is released from his position as plenipotentiary of the president in Tsentralny federal district.
Serbia: Finance Minister Dusan Vujovic resigns. Parliament acknowledges the resignation on May 16, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic becoming acting minister.
Tonga: Losaline Ma'asi is nominated as internal affairs minister.
United States: LaToya Cantrell is sworn in as mayor of New Orleans.


Costa Rica: Carlos Alvarado is sworn in as president with his cabinet (see April 1).
Italy: Donato Toma takes office as president of Molise.
United States: Former governor of California (1983-91) George Deukmejian dies.


Guadeloupe: Philippe Gustin is appointed as prefect.
Malaysia: In parliamentary elections, the Alliance of Hope wins 113 of 222 seats and the National Front 79. On May 10 Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad is sworn in as prime minister. On May 12 he names Mohamad Sabu as defense minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as home minister, and Lim Guan Eng as finance minister; they are sworn in on May 21. As a result of state elections, new chief ministers are sworn in as follows: Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar in Terengganu on May 10, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir in Kedah and Adly Zahari in Malacca on May 11, Osman Sapian in Johor, Aminuddin Harun in Negeri Sembilan, Ahmad Faizal Azumu in Perak, and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal in Sabah on May 12, and Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail in Pahang on May 15; Chow Kon Yeow is sworn in to replace Lim Guan Eng as chief minister of Penang on May 14.


Hungary: Parliament reelects Viktor Orbán as prime minister (134-28). On May 18 the new government is appointed, including Tibor Benkö as defense minister and Mihály Varga as finance minister; Péter Szijjártó remains foreign minister and Sándor Pintér interior minister.
Nicaragua: Former member of the National Government Junta (1972-74) Alfonso Lovo Cordero dies.


Greenland: A new cabinet is announced with Kim Kielsen remaining prime minister, Vivian Motzfeldt as the new foreign minister, and Pele Broberg as the new finance minister.
Pakistan: Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan receives the additional portfolio of foreign affairs.
South Africa: The province of North West is put under national administration.
Sri Lanka: Ariya Bandara Rekawa is sworn in as governor of Uva.


India: In parliamentary elections in Karnataka, the Indian National Congress wins 38.0% of the vote (78 of 224 seats), the Bharatiya Janata Party 36.2% (104), and Janata Dal (Secular) 18.3% (37). Turnout is 72.1%. On May 15 Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah resigns. B.S. Yeddyurappa is invited to form a government on May 16 and is sworn in as chief minister on May 17. Unable to gain a parliamentary majority, Yeddyurappa resigns on May 19 and H.D. Kumaraswamy is invited to form a new government. Kumaraswamy is sworn in as chief minister on May 23.
Iraq: In parliamentary elections, the Sayirun alliance of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Communist Party wins 54 of 329 seats, the Fatih alliance 47, the Nasr alliance of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi 42, the State of Law coalition 26, the Kurdistan Democratic Party 25, Iyad Allawi's al-Wataniya coalition 22, the Hikma Front 19, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan 18.
Spain: The parliament of Catalonia fails to elect a president of the Generalitat. Quim Torra, the sole candidate, receives 66 votes, with 65 opposed, short of the absolute majority (68 votes) required in the first round of voting. In a second round on May 14, a relative majority is sufficient, and Torra is elected, the vote being again 66-65. He is sworn in on May 17. On May 19, he announces his government with Ernest Maragall as external action minister, Miquel Buch as interior minister, and Pere Aragonés as economy minister.
Timor-Leste: In parliamentary elections, the Alliance for Change and Progress wins 34 of 65 seats, Fretilin 23, the Democratic Party 5, and the Democratic Development Forum 3.


Brazil: Former governor of Maranhăo (1987-90) Epitácio Cafeteira Afonso Pereira dies.


Ecuador: Richard Martínez is named economy and finance minister.
The Sudan: In a cabinet reshuffle, al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed is named foreign minister and Ibrahim Hamid interior minister; they are sworn in on May 16.


Malaysia: Former mayor of Kuala Lumpur (1981-92) Tan Sri Elyas bin Omar dies.


Guinea: The government of Prime Minister Mamady Youla resigns. On May 21 Ibrahima Kassory Fofana is appointed as prime minister.
United States: The Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director (54-45). She is sworn in on May 21.


Italy: Former president of Abruzzo (2000-05) Giovanni Pace dies.


Italy: In parliamentary elections in Valle d'Aosta, the Union Valdôtaine wins 19.2% of the vote (7 of 35 seats), the Lega Salvini Vallée d'Aoste 17.1% (7), Area Civica-Stella Alpina-Pour Notre Vallée 10.7% (4), the Union Valdôtaine Progressiste 10.6% (4), the Five Star Movement 10.4% (4), Autonomy Liberty Participation Ecology 9.0% (3), Civic Engagement 7.5% (3), and the Political Movement for the Future of Valle d'Aosta 7.1% (3). Turnout is 65.1%.
Libya: Former foreign minister (1969) Ali Hassanein dies.
Montenegro: Milo Djukanovic is sworn in as president.
Venezuela: In presidential elections, incumbent Nicolás Maduro wins about 68% of the vote, Henri Falcón about 21%, and Javier Bertucci about 11%. Turnout is about 46%.


Italy: The League and the Five Star Movement nominate Giuseppe Conte as prime minister. On May 23 President Sergio Mattarella gives Conte the mandate to form a government.
Northern Mariana Islands: Former governor (1982-90, 1998-2002) Pedro P. Tenorio dies.


Yemen: President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi appoints Khaled al-Yamani as foreign minister.