June 2019


El Salvador: Nayib Bukele is sworn in as president. Alexandra Hill Tinoco becomes foreign minister, René Francis Merino Monroy defense minister, and Mario Edgardo Durán Gavidia interior minister; Nelson Fuentes remains finance minister.
Switzerland: Alfred Stricker becomes Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Alain Ribaux president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Heidi Hanselmann president of the government of Sankt Gallen, and Jakob Stark president of the government of Thurgau.


Algeria: The Constitutional Council decides that it is impossible to hold the presidential election scheduled for July 4, the only two candidates having been deemed invalid.
Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Misiones, Oscar Herrera Ahuad (Frente Renovador de la Concordia) wins 73.1% of the vote and Humberto Schiavoni (Juntos por el Cambio) 17.4%; turnout is about 78%. In San Juan, incumbent Sergio Uñac (Frente Todos) wins 55.8% of the vote and Marcelo Orrego (Con Vos) 33.9%; turnout is about 77%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Aomori, incumbent Shingo Mimura wins 75.7% of the vote and Wakako Sahara 24.3%. Turnout is 40.1%.
Mexico: In gubernatorial elections in Baja California, Jaime Bonilla Valdez (National Regeneration Movement) wins 51.9% of the vote and Óscar Vega Marín (National Action Party) 23.8%; turnout is 30.0%. In Puebla, Miguel Barbosa Huerta (National Regeneration Movement) wins 46.3% of the vote, Enrique Cárdenas Sánchez (National Action Party) 34.4%, and Alberto Jiménez Merino (Institutional Revolutionary Party) 19.1%; turnout is 33.4%.


Austria: Brigitte Bierlein is sworn in as chancellor, with Clemens Jabloner as vice chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg as foreign minister, Thomas Starlinger as defense minister, Wolfgang Peschorn as interior minister, and Eduard Müller as finance minister.
Sri Lanka: The governors of Western province, Azath Salley, and Eastern province, M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, resign. The resignations are accepted by President Maithripala Sirisena. On June 4 A.J.M. Muzammil is sworn in as governor of Western province. On June 5 Shan Wijayalal de Silva is sworn in as governor of Eastern province.
Switzerland: Christoph Ammann is elected president of the government of Bern.


Poland: In a cabinet reshuffle, Marian Banas is appointed finance minister and Elzbieta Witek interior minister.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Denver, incumbent Michael Hancock wins 56.3% of the vote and Jamie Giellis 43.7%. Turnout is 40.5%.


Denmark: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democrats win 25.9% of the vote (48 of 179 seats), Venstre 23.4% (43), the Danish People's Party 8.7% (16), Radikale Venstre 8.6% (16), the Socialist People's Party 7.7% (14), the Red-Green Alliance 6.9% (13), the Conservative People's Party 6.6% (12), the Alternative 3.0% (5), the New Right 2.4% (4), and the Liberal Alliance 2.3% (4). On June 6 Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen resigns.
Finland: The new government is announced, to be led by Antti Rinne as prime minister and including Pekka Haavisto as foreign minister, Antti Kaikkonen as defense minister, Maria Ohisalo as interior minister, and Mika Lintilä as finance minister. On June 6 Rinne is approved by parliament (111-74) and the government is sworn in.
Peru: The government of Prime Minister Salvador del Solar wins a confidence vote in parliament (77-44).
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the acting governor of Astrakhan oblast, Sergey Morozov, and appoints Igor Babushkin as new acting governor.
Thailand: Prayut Chan-o-cha is reelected prime minister, winning 498 votes against 244 for Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit in a joint session of both houses of parliament (including 500 members of the House of Representatives and 250 of the Senate). He receives the royal appointment on June 11.


Solomon Islands: David Vunagi, the only nominee, is announced as the next governor-general, expected to take office July 7.
Spain: King Felipe VI asks Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to form a new government.
Ukraine: Parliament fails to dismiss Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, the resolutions winning only 141 and 67 votes respectively (226 required). On June 11 President Volodymyr Zelensky asks parliament to appoint Vadym Prystaiko as foreign minister.


Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister James Marape's cabinet is sworn in with Soroi Eoe as foreign minister, Saki Soloma as defense minister, Bryan Kramer as police minister, and Charles Abel as finance minister.


Gabon: President Ali Bongo Ondimba calls on Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale to form a new government. This is done on June 10, with Alain Claude Bilie-By-Nze being named foreign minister, Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou interior minister, and Roger Owono Mba finance minister; Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda remains defense minister.
Moldova: A new government is elected (by 61 votes) with Maia Sandu as prime minister, Nicolae Popescu as foreign minister, Pavel Voicu as defense minister, Andrei Nastase as interior minister, and Natalia Gavrilita as finance minister. The Constitutional Court declares the proceedings invalid, but President Igor Dodon appoints the government. On June 9 the court declares the appointment unconstitutional and temporarily transfers presidential powers to the (former) prime minister, Pavel Filip, who signs a decree dissolving parliament, new elections to be held in September. Dodon scraps the decree again on June 11. On June 14 the Filip government resigns.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Dallas, Eric Johnson wins 55.6% of the vote and Scott Griggs 44.4%; turnout is 9.9%. In the San Antonio runoff, incumbent Ron Nirenberg wins 51.1% and Greg Brockhouse 48.9%; turnout is 15.4%.


Argentina: Results of gubernatorial elections: Georgia: In parliamentary elections in South Ossetia-Alania, United Ossetia wins about 35% of the vote (14 of 34 seats), the People's Party about 22% (5), the Nykhas Party about 14% (4), the National Unity Party about 13% (3), and the Communist Party about 7% (1); independents win 7 seats. Turnout is about 66%.
Kazakhstan: In presidential elections, incumbent Kasymzhomart Tokayev (Nur Otan) wins 71.0% of the vote, Amirzhan Kosanov (Ult Tagdyry) 16.2%, and Daniya Yespayeva (Ak Zhol) 5.1%. Turnout is 77.5%. Tokayev is sworn in on June 12.


India: Former chief minister of Pondicherry (1996-2000) R.V. Janakiraman dies.
Iraq: Nechirvan Barzani is sworn in as president of the Kurdistan autonomous region. On June 11 Masrour Barzani is elected prime minister, receiving 87 votes among 97 members present; on June 12 he is asked by the president to form a cabinet.
Italy: Alberto Cirio takes office as president of Piemonte.
Yemen: Khaled al-Yamani resigns as foreign minister of the internationally-recognized government.


France: Prime Minister Édouard Philippe's government wins a confidence vote in the National Assembly (363-163 with 47 abstentions).


Chile: In a cabinet reshuffle, Teodoro Ribera becomes foreign minister.
Comoros: A new government is named with no change in key positions.
New Caledonia: Parliament elects the 11 members of the government, but the new government fails to elect its president, Thierry Santa (Future with Confidence/Oceanian Awakening) receiving 5 votes (6 required), Gilbert Tyuienon (Caledonian Union-Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front) 3, and Jean-Pierre Djaïwé (National Union for Independence) 2. This means that the old government led by Philippe Germain remains as a caretaker administration.


Slovakia: Zuzana Caputová is sworn in as president.
Spain: Juan Jesús Vivas Lara is reelected president of Ceuta, receiving 9 votes against 6 for Juan Sergio Redondo. Eduardo de Castro González is elected president of Melilla, defeating incumbent Juan José Imbroda Ortiz 13-12.


Egypt: Former president (2012-13) Mohamed Morsy dies.
Réunion: Jacques Billant takes office as prefect.