August 2019


Cameroon: Former prime minister (1991-92) Sadou Hayatou dies.
India: R.N. Ravi is sworn in as governor of Nagaland.

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Mauritania: Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani is sworn in as president. On August 3 the government of Prime Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Béchir resigns and Ismail Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya is named prime minister (taking office August 5). In the government named on August 8, Hanena Ould Sidi becomes defense minister, Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug interior minister, and Mohamed Lemine Ould Dhehbi finance minister; Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed remains foreign minister.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Susan Dougan is sworn in as governor-general.
United States: Quinton Lucas takes office as mayor of Kansas City.
United States: In mayoral elections in Nashville, John Cooper wins 35.0% of the vote, incumbent David Briley 25.3%, Carol M. Swain 21.9%, and John Ray Clemmons 16.1%. A runoff will be held September 12.


Canada: The lieutenant governor of New Brunswick, Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, dies. Chief Justice Marc Richard becomes acting lieutenant governor.

Puerto Rico: Governor Ricardo Rosselló formally resigns. Pedro Pierluisi, who was made secretary of state in a recess appointment on July 31 but has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, is sworn in as governor. On August 7 the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico rules his accession unconstitutional, and Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez is sworn in as governor.

Spain: María Chivite is elected president of the government of Navarra (23-22). She takes office August 6.


Palau: Former president (1985 [acting], 1988) Thomas Remengesau dies.


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French Guiana: Marc Del Grande takes office as prefect.
India: The constitutional article providing for the special autonomy status of Jammu and Kashmir is revoked and legislation is introduced to split the state into two union territories, Ladakh and a smaller Jammu and Kashmir.
Italy: The government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wins a confidence vote in the Senate (160-57). However, on August 8 the leader of the League party, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, announces the breakup of the coalition and calls for new elections. On August 20 Conte tenders his resignation, which is accepted by President Sergio Mattarella.
New Caledonia: Laurent Prévost takes office as high commissioner.
Sri Lanka: Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon is appointed and sworn in as governor of Central province, Hemal Gunasekara as governor of Southern province, and Satendra Maithri Gunaratne as governor of Uva.


India: Former chief minister of Delhi (1998) and foreign minister (2014-19) Sushma Swaraj dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): President Félix Tshisekedi appoints the elected governors of Sankuru and Sud-Ubangi, Joseph Stéphane Mukumadi and Jean-Claude Mabenze Gbey Benz.
Lithuania: President Gitanas Nauseda approves the new cabinet of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, including Rita Tamasuniene as interior minister.
Tunisia: Defense Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi says he will resign to run for president.


Cook Islands: Sir Tom Marsters is reappointed as queen's representative.
French Polynesia: Dominique Sorain takes office as high commissioner.


Poland: Elzbieta Witek is dismissed as interior minister to become marshal of the Sejm. Mariusz Kaminski is named acting interior minister and designated for the substantive post, to which he is appointed on August 14.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Santa Cruz, incumbent Alicia Kirchner (Front for All) wins 58.6% of the vote, Eduardo Costa (New Santa Cruz) 32.0%, and Daniel Peralta (Santa Cruz We Are All) 6.9%. Turnout is 71.2%.
Guatemala: In the presidential runoff, Alejandro Giammattei wins 58.0% of the vote and Sandra Torres 42.0%. Turnout is 42.7%. Giammattei will take office Jan. 14, 2020.


China: Former governor of Hubei (1986-90) Guo Zhenqian dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): The prime minister-designate, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, submits to President Félix Tshisekedi a list of his government nominees (names undisclosed); the president rejects it on August 14.


Spain: Isabel Díaz Ayuso is elected president of the government of Madrid (68-64). She takes office August 19.


Germany: Andreas Bovenschulte is elected mayor of Bremen (47-35).
Italy: Former president of Campania (1995-99) Antonio Rastrelli dies.
Papua New Guinea: The Supreme Court (applied to by the opposition) rules that proper constitutional procedures were followed during the May 30 election of James Marape as prime minister.
The Sudan: The opposition alliance nominates Abdalla Hamdok as prime minister. The power-sharing agreement is signed on August 17. On August 20 the composition of the Sovereignty Council is announced, to be headed for 21 months by Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan. Its members and the prime minister are sworn in on August 21.


Argentina: Finance Minister Nicolás Dujovne resigns. Hernán Lacunza is named to succeed him.
Food and Agriculture Organization: Former director-general (1994-2011) Jacques Diouf dies.


United States: Former governor of Louisiana (2004-08) Kathleen Blanco dies.


India: Former chief minister of Bihar (1975-77, 1980-83, 1989-90) Jagannath Mishra dies.
South Sudan: Awut Deng Acuil is appointed foreign minister.


Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari announces the portfolios in his new cabinet (sworn in August 21) with Bashir Magashi as defense minister and Rauf Aregbesola as interior minister; Geoffrey Onyeama remains foreign minister and Zainab Ahmed finance minister.


India: Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (2004-05) Babulal Gaur dies.