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 Durán 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%.
Indonesia: Boytenjuri is installed as acting governor of Lampung as the term of Governor Muhammad Ridho Ficardo ends. On June 12 governor-elect Arinal Djunaidi is inaugurated.
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.


Panama: President-elect Laurentino Cortizo designates Carlos Romero Montenegro as interior minister.
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. On June 26 agreement on a Social Democratic minority government to be led by Mette Frederiksen is announced, and the queen formally asks her to form a government. On June 27 the cabinet is named with Jeppe Kofod as foreign minister, Trine Bramsen as defense minister, Astrid Krag as interior minister, and Nicolai Wammen as finance minister; the government takes office the same day.


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.
San Marino: Former captain-regent (1976, 1982, 1986, 1995-96) Marino Venturini dies.
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. On June 15 the court overturns its own decisions.
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%; Johnson takes office June 17. 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, 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 and subsequently reshuffles the cabinet, with no change in key positions.


Belarus: Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich is relieved of his post. On June 11 Yury Karayeu is appointed interior minister.
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. Muhammad al-Hadhrami subsequently becomes acting foreign minister.


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.
Greece: Antonios Roupakiotis is sworn in as caretaker interior minister ahead of general elections on July 7.
Mexico: Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas resigns as governor of Campeche. Carlos Miguel Aysa González is elected in his place.
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. On June 28 Santa is elected with 6 votes. However, there is no agreement on a vice president, so the new administration is not yet operational.
Spain: Ximo Puig is reelected as president of the Generalitat of Valencia (52-46).



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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; he takes office June 22.


Argentina: Results of gubernatorial elections: Guatemala: In the first round of presidential elections, Sandra Torres (National Unity of Hope) wins 25.7% of the vote, Alejandro Giammattei (Vamos) 13.9%, Edmond Mulet (Humanist Party) 11.1%, and Thelma Cabrera (Movement for the Liberation of the Peoples) 10.4%. Turnout is 61.4%. A runoff will be held on August 11. In parliamentary elections, the National Unity of Hope wins 52 of 160 seats, Vamos 16, and the Union of National Change 12.


The Bahamas: Cornelius A. Smith is announced as the next governor-general, effective June 28.
Egypt: Former president (2012-13) Mohamed Morsy dies.
Guinea-Bissau: President José Mário Vaz invites the parliamentary majority to propose a candidate to the post of prime minister. On June 19, however, he rejects the submitted candidacy of Domingos Simões Pereira. On June 22 he accepts the nomination of incumbent Aristides Gomes. On June 23, the president's term ends but he stays in office in a caretaker capacity until presidential elections scheduled for November. However, on June 27 parliament names its own president, Cipriano Cassamá, as interim president. On June 29, the Economic Community of West African States as mediator decides that Vaz remains in office "but will leave the whole management of government affairs to the newly formed government."
Réunion: Jacques Billant takes office as prefect.


Belgium: Oliver Paasch is sworn in for another term as minister-president of the German community.
Guyana: The Caribbean Court of Justice upholds the December no-confidence vote, requiring new elections.
Romania: The government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila survives a no-confidence vote (200 for the motion, 233 needed).
United States: President Donald Trump announces the withdrawal of Pat Shanahan as defense secretary nominee and names Army Secretary Mark T. Esper to replace Shanahan as acting defense secretary. Esper takes over on June 24. Meanwhile, on June 21 Trump also nominates him for the regular post.
United States: In mayoral elections in Kansas City, Mo., Quinton Lucas wins 63.2% of the vote and Jolie Justus 36.8%. Turnout is 22.0%.


Fiji: Former foreign minister (1987, 1992-94, 1994-97) Filipe Bole dies.
Malawi: A new cabinet is named, including Francis Kasaila as foreign minister, Nicholas Dausi as homeland security minister, and Joseph Mwanamvekha as finance minister.


Azerbaijan: Vilayat Eyvazov is appointed interior minister.


Congo (Kinshasa): The Council of State nullifies the April 15 election of Jean-Claude Mabenze Gbey Benz as governor of Sud-Ubangi.
Cyprus: Former president (2008-13) Dimitris Christofias dies.

Guernsey: When his only rival withdraws from the election that would have taken place on June 22, William Tate is declared elected as president of the States of Alderney. He is sworn in on June 28.
Italy: The government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wins a confidence vote in parliament (288-181).


Mauritania: In presidential elections, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani wins 52.0% of the vote, Biram Dah Ould Abeid 18.6%, and former prime minister Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar 17.9%. Turnout is 62.7%.


North Macedonia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev proposes to take the finance portfolio himself. Being warned that this would be illegal, he retracts the proposal on June 26, when, nevertheless, Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski is dismissed, Zaev becoming acting finance minister until a successor is appointed.
Pakistan: Former foreign minister (1993, 1999-2002) Abdul Sattar dies.


Iraq: Parliament approves Najah al-Shammari as defense minister and Yasin al-Yasiri as interior minister.
Peru: Defense Minister José Huerta dies.

Russia: The head of the republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, announces his resignation. On June 26 President Vladimir Putin accepts it and appoints Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov as acting head of the republic.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Tambov oblast (1995-99) Aleksandr Ryabov dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): President Félix Tshisekedi appoints the elected governors Paul Mputu Boleilanga (Mai-Ndombe) and Carly Nzanzu Kasivita (Nord-Kivu). They take office June 28.
São Tomé and Príncipe: The government of Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus wins a confidence vote in parliament (28-21).
Spain: Guillermo Fernández Vara is reelected president of the Junta of Extremadura (34-20).


Belgium: Geert Bourgeois, the minister-president of Flanders and the Flemish Community, announces his resignation, effective July 1.
Czech Republic: The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis survives a no-confidence vote, which receives just 85 votes in the 200-seat parliament.
Spain: Miguel Ángel Revilla is reelected as president of the Council of Government of Cantabria (21-12). Francina Armengol is reelected as president of the government of Baleares (32-24).
Switzerland: Former Schultheiss of Luzern (1986, 1990) Erwin Muff dies.


Niger: A no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Brigi Rafini's government fails (38 votes for the motion, 86 needed).


Mexico: Former governor of Querétaro (1973-79) Antonio Calzada Urquiza dies.


Chad: In a cabinet reshuffle, Mahamat Abali Salah becomes minister-delegate for defense and public security and Tahir Hamid Nguilin finance minister.
Moldova: Irina Vlah is reelected governor of Gagauzia with 91.3% of the vote. Turnout is about 51%.
Montenegro: Former secretary of the League of Communists (1989-91) and president (1990-98) Momir Bulatovic (also prime minister of Yugoslavia 1998-2000) dies.