August 2018


India: Bhishma Narain Singh, former governor of Assam (1984-89), Meghalaya (1984-89), Sikkim (1985), Arunachal Pradesh (1987), and Tamil Nadu (1991-93) and lieutenant governor of Pondicherry (1993), dies.
Morocco: Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid is dismissed. On August 2 Abdelkader Amara is appointed acting finance minister.


Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain accepts the resignation of the governor of Sindh, Muhammad Zubair, and the speaker of the provincial assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani, becomes acting governor.


Haiti: President Jovenel Moïse nominates Jean-Henry Céant as prime minister.
Trinidad and Tobago: In a cabinet reshuffle, Stuart Young is named minister of national security.


United States: Former secretary of health and human services (1983-85) Margaret M. Heckler and former governor of Nevada (1967-71) Paul Laxalt die.


Colombia: Iván Duque is sworn in as president with his cabinet (see July 13).
India: Former chief minister of Tamil Nadu (1969-76, 1989-91, 1996-2001, 2006-11) Kalaignar Muthuvel Karunanidhi dies.
Kazakhstan: Nurlan Yermekbayev is appointed defense minister.


Japan: The governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, dies. Deputy Governor Kiichiro Jahana temporarily assumes his duties.
Slovenia: A coalition of centre-left parties nominates Marjan Sarec as prime minister.


Bhutan: Chief Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is appointed chief advisor of a pre-election interim government. On August 10 portfolios are assigned, Wangchuk taking responsibility for home and foreign affairs and Dasho Karma Ura becoming finance advisor.


Argentina: Former governor of Tierra del Fuego (1981-83) Raúl Eduardo Suárez del Cerro dies.


India: The governor of Chhattisgarh, Balramji Dass Tandon, dies.