September 2019


Brazil: Former governor of São Paulo (2010-11) Alberto Goldman dies.
Germany: In state elections in Brandenburg, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins 26.2% of the vote (25 of 88 seats), the Alternative for Germany (AfD) 23.5% (23), the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 15.6% (15), the Greens 10.8% (10), the Left 10.7% (10), the United Citizens' Movements/Free Voters 5.0% (5), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 4.1% (0); turnout is 61.3%. In Sachsen, the CDU wins 32.1% of the vote (45 of 119 seats), the AfD 27.5% (38), the Left 10.4% (14), the Greens 8.6% (12), the SPD 7.7% (10), and the FDP 4.5% (0); turnout is 66.6%.
India: Kalraj Mishra is appointed as governor of Rajasthan (sworn in September 9), Bhagat Singh Koshiyari as governor of Maharashtra (sworn in September 5), Bandaru Dattatreya as governor of Himachal Pradesh (sworn in September 11), Arif Mohammad Khan as governor of Kerala (sworn in September 6), and Tamilisai Soundararajan as governor of Telangana (sworn in September 8).
Jamaica: Former foreign minister (2007-12) Kenneth Baugh dies.


Georgia: Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze resigns. On September 3 the ruling Georgian Dream party nominates Giorgi Gakharia for the post. A new cabinet is nominated including Irakli Garibashvili as defense minister and Vakhtang Gomelauri as interior minister, with Davit Zalkaliani to remain as foreign minister and Ivane Machavariani as finance minister. Parliament approves the new government (98-0, opposition boycotting) on September 8.
Yemen: Sharaf al-Din Ali Hussein al-Kahlani is named finance minister (sworn in September 3).


Haiti: The Chamber of Deputies approves the government of prime minister-designate Fritz William Michel (76-0).
The Sudan: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chooses members of his cabinet including Asmaa Abdallah as foreign minister, Gen. Jamal al-Din Omar as defense minister, and Ibrahim Elbadawi as finance minister. The full cabinet announced on September 5 also includes Idriss al-Traifi as interior minister. The ministers are sworn in on September 8.


Côte d'Ivoire: In a cabinet reshuffle, Adama Coulibaly is named finance minister and Gen. Vagondo Diomandé security minister.
Italy: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's new government is named (sworn in September 5) including Luigi Di Maio as foreign minister, Lorenzo Guerini as defense minister, Luciana Lamorgese as interior minister, and Roberto Gualtieri as economy minister. The government wins confidence votes in the lower house (343-263) on September 9 and in the Senate (169-133) on September 10.


Canada: Brenda Murphy is appointed as lieutenant governor of New Brunswick (sworn in September 8).


Congo (Kinshasa): Parliament endorses (375-0) the government program of Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, who takes office as prime minister on September 7.
Fiji: Parliament rejects (27-23) a motion to suspend Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for two years.
Sweden: Foreign Minister Margot Wallström resigns. On September 10 Ann Linde is named foreign minister.
Zimbabwe: Former prime minister (1980-87) and president (1987-2017) Robert Mugabe dies.


Mauritania: Parliament endorses (128-19) the government program of Prime Minister Ismail Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Amur oblast (1997-2001) Anatoly Belonogov dies.


Georgia: In the presidential runoff in Abkhazia, incumbent Raul Khadjimba wins 50.6% of the vote and Alkhas Kvitsinia 49.4%. Turnout is over 65%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Iwate, incumbent Takuya Tasso wins 72.1% of the vote and Atsushi Oikawa 27.9%. Turnout is 53.5%.
Russia: The parliament of Ingushetia elects (27 of 31 votes) acting incumbent Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov as head of the republic.


Portugal: Former foreign minister (1981-82) André Gonçalves Pereira dies.
Tuvalu: In parliamentary elections, 16 nonpartisan members are elected, including Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso and Finance Minister Maatia Toafa lose their seats.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Manitoba, the Progressive Conservative Party wins 47.1% of the vote (36 of 57 seats), the New Democratic Party 31.4% (18), the Liberal Party 14.5% (3), and the Green Party 6.4% (0). Turnout is 55.4%.


Indonesia: Former president (1998-99) B.J. Habibie dies.
Japan: In a cabinet reshuffle, Toshimitsu Motegi is appointed as foreign minister, Taro Kono as defense minister, and Sanae Takaichi as internal affairs minister.
Romania: Prime Minister Viorica Dancila nominates Dan Chirila as interior minister. On September 12 President Klaus Johannis refuses to appoint him.


Belgium: Elio Di Rupo is designated as minister-president of Wallonia (sworn in September 13) and Pierre-Yves Jeholet as minister-president of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Tonga: Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva dies. Semisi Sika is acting prime minister.
United States: Kelly Craft takes office as UN ambassador.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Nashville, John Cooper wins 69.1% of the vote and incumbent David Briley 30.2%. Turnout is 20.8%.


Faeroe Islands: A new government is agreed on with Bárdur á Steig Nielsen to be prime minister, Jenis av Rana foreign minister, and Jørgen Niclasen finance minister. The government takes office September 16.


Chad: Former president of the Transitional Government of National Union (1979) Lol Mahamat Choua dies.