July 2018


Mexico: In presidential elections, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) wins about 54% of the vote, Ricardo Anaya of the National Action Party (PAN) about 23%, and José Antonio Meade of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) about 17%. Turnout is about 63%. Winners of gubernatorial elections: Switzerland: Monica Gschwind becomes president of the government of Basel-Land, Robert Küng president of the government of Luzern, Res Schmid Landammann of Nidwalden, Christoph Amstad Landammann of Obwalden, and Kaspar Michel Landammann of Schwyz.
Tanzania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Kangi Lugola is appointed home affairs minister.


Malaysia: The cabinet is expanded, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah being appointed foreign minister.


Niger: Former prime minister (1996) Boukary Adji dies.


United States: President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, and names Andrew Wheeler as acting administrator effective July 9.
Vatican City: Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, former foreign minister (1990-2003), dies.


Mexico: Former governor of Sinaloa (1981-86) Antonio Toledo Corro dies.


India: Former governor of Meghalaya (1995-2007) M.M. Jacob dies.
United States: Former governor of Iowa (1969-83) Robert Ray dies.


Brazil: Mauro Carlesse takes office as governor of Tocantins.
Cook Islands: The new cabinet is announced, with Henry Puna to continue as prime minister and foreign minister and Mark Brown as finance minister, while Albert Nicholas becomes internal affairs minister.
Timor-Leste: Filomeno Paixăo is sworn in as defense minister.

Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sworn in for his new term, under a new presidential system which eliminates the post of prime minister. Fuat Oktay is named vice president, Gen. Hulusi Akar defense minister, and Berat Albayrak finance minister; Mevlüt Çavusoglu remains foreign minister and Süleyman Soglu interior minister.

United Kingdom: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns. Jeremy Hunt is named to succeed him.
United Kingdom: Former foreign secretary (1979-82) Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, Baron Carrington, also secretary-general of NATO (1984-88), dies.


Belarus: Former chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1989-90) and chairman of the Supreme Soviet (1990-91) of the Belorussian S.S.R. Nikolay Dementyey dies.


United States: London Breed is sworn in as mayor of San Francisco.


Czech Republic: The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis wins a parliamentary vote of confidence (105-91).
South Sudan: Parliament extends President Salva Kiir's term for three years.
Spain: Former president of the Xunta of Galicia (1982-87) Gerardo Fernández Albor dies.
Taiwan: A cabinet reshuffle is announced (effective July 16), with Hsu Kuo-yung named interior minister and Su Jain-rong finance minister.


Canada: Former premier of New Brunswick (1997-98) J. Raymond Frenette dies.
Colombia: President-elect Iván Duque designates Carlos Holmes Trujillo as foreign minister, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez as interior minister, and Alberto Carrasquilla as finance minister. On July 17 he names Guillermo Botero as defense minister.
Norway: Former foreign minister (1987-89, 1990-93) Thorvald Stoltenberg dies.


Haiti: Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns.
Namibia: Former foreign minister (1990-2002) and prime minister (2002-05) Theo-Ben Gurirab dies.
Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi (All Progressives Congress) wins 51.3% of the vote and Kolapo Olusola (People's Democratic Party) 46.3%. Turnout is 44.4%.


South Sudan: Nhial Deng Nhial is appointed as foreign minister.