November 2019


The Netherlands: Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren is relieved of her functions on account of illness. Raymond Knops is appointed interior minister.
United States: President Donald Trump names Chad Wolf as acting secretary of homeland security, effective after November 11. He assumes the post on November 13.


India: Satya Pal Malik is sworn in as governor of Goa.


Belgium: The préformateurs Geert Bourgeois and Rudy Demotte end their task after failure to form a government. On November 5 King Philippe names Paul Magnette as informateur.
Jordan: The government of Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz resigns ahead of a planned reshuffle. This takes place on November 7, with Muhammad al-Ississ becoming finance minister.
Romania: Parliament approves the new government of Ludovic Orban (240 votes, 233 needed) and it is sworn in the same day.
Rwanda: In a cabinet reshuffle, Vincent Biruta is appointed foreign minister and Patrick Nyamvumba minister of internal security.


India: P.S. Sreedharan Pillai is sworn in as governor of Mizoram.
United States: In gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Andy Beshear (Democrat) defeats incumbent Matt Bevin (Republican), 49.2%-48.8%. In Mississippi, Tate Reeves (Republican) defeats Jim Hood (Democrat), 52%-47%. Results of mayoral elections:


Argentina: Former governor of Misiones (1978-81) Rubén Norberto Paccagnini dies.
Botswana: President Mokgweetsi Masisi names his cabinet including Kagiso Mmusi as defense and security minister and Thapelo Matsheka as finance minister; Unity Dow remains foreign minister.
Colombia: Defense Minister Guillermo Botero resigns. On November 12 Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo is named defense minister, with Adriana Mejía named acting foreign minister; later that day Claudia Blum is named foreign minister. Trujillo takes office as defense minister on November 16.
Czech Republic: Former prime minister and acting president of Czechoslovakia (1992) Jan Stráský dies.
Kuwait: The resignation of Finance Minister Nayef al-Hajraf is accepted and Mariam al-Aqeel appointed acting finance minister.
Liechtenstein: The Landtag elects Katrin Eggenberger as foreign minister (18 of 25 votes). She is sworn in on November 11.
United Arab Emirates: The Supreme Council reelects Sheikh Khalifa ibn Zaid Al Nahayan as president.


Mauritius: In parliamentary elections, the Militant Socialist Movement wins 38 seats, the Labour Party 13, and the Mauritian Militant Movement 9. Turnout is 76.8%. In the new government sworn in on November 12, Pravind Jugnauth remains prime minister and home affairs minister and also becomes defense minister, Nando Bodha remains foreign minister, and Renganaden Padayachy becomes finance minister.
Papua New Guinea: In a cabinet reshuffle, Patrick Pruaitch is appointed foreign minister and Rainbo Paita finance minister.
Sierra Leone: In a cabinet reshuffle, Kellie Conteh is appointed defense minister.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Haut-Lomami votes (22-2) to remove Governor Marcel Lenge Masangu Mpoyo.
Guinea-Bissau: Faustino Imbali resigns as prime minister.
India: The chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, resigns. As no new government can be formed, on November 12 president's rule is imposed in the state.
Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appoints Naftali Bennett as defense minister in his caretaker government (approved by the cabinet on November 10 and taking office November 12).
Poland: The new cabinet is announced, with Tadeusz Koscinski as finance minister, other key posts remaining unchanged. The resignation of the old government is formally submitted at the first sitting of the new parliament on November 12 and Mateusz Morawiecki reappointed as prime minister on November 14, the new government taking office November 15.
Zimbabwe: In a cabinet reshuffle, Kazembe Kazembe is appointed home affairs minister.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Salta, Gustavo Sáenz (Sáenz Gobernador) wins 53.8% of the vote, Sergio Leavy (Frente de Todos) 26.1%, and Alfredo Olmedo (Olmedo Gobernador) 15.4%. Turnout is 70.3%.
Bolivia: President Evo Morales resigns under pressure. With Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Senate president Adriana Salvatierra, and Chamber of Deputies president Víctor Borda also resigning (besides Finance Minister Luis Arce), Chief Justice José Antonio Revilla appears to be next in line of succession (but is reportedly in hiding). However, the second vice president of the Senate, Jeanine Áñez, says she will assume the presidency. On November 11 Defense Minister Javier Zavaleta also resigns, as does Foreign Minister Diego Pary on November 12. On the latter day the Chamber session convened to discuss the resignation of Morales is suspended for lack of quorum; nevertheless, Áñez proclaims herself interim president, and is recognized as such by the Constitutional Tribunal. On November 13 Salvatierra says she is still Senate president (her resignation not having been made official), but is prevented from entering parliament. The same day Áñez installs a cabinet including Karen Longaric as foreign minister, Fernando López Julio as defense minister, Arturo Murillo as interior minister, and José Luis Parada as economy minister.
Romania: In the first round of presidential elections, incumbent Klaus Johannis (National Liberal Party) wins about 37% of the vote, former prime minister Viorica Dancila (Social Democratic Party) about 23%, Dan Barna (Save Romania Union) about 15%, and Mircea Diaconu (independent) about 9%. Turnout is about 50%. A runoff will be held on November 24.
Spain: In parliamentary elections, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party wins 28.3% of the vote (120 of 350 seats), the Popular Party 21.0% (88), Vox 15.2% (52), Unidas Podemos 13.0% (35), Ciudadanos 6.9% (10), and the Republican Left of Catalonia 3.6% (13). Turnout is 69.9%.


British Virgin Islands: Former chief minister (1995-2003) and premier (2007-11) Ralph O'Neal dies.
Guinea: Damantang Albert Camara is named to replace Alpha Ibrahima Keira as security minister.
Jamaica: Sir Edward Zacca, former acting governor-general (1991), dies.
Suriname: Former foreign minister (2010-15) Winston Lackin dies.
Turkey: Former foreign minister (1994) Mümtaz Soysal dies.


Moldova: The government of Prime Minister Maia Sandu is defeated in a no-confidence vote passed by 63 out of 101 members of parliament. On November 13 President Igor Dodon nominates Ion Chicu as prime minister. On November 14 parliament approves Chicu (62 votes) with a government including Aureliu Ciocoi as foreign minister, Victor Gaiciuc as defense minister, Pavel Voicu as interior minister, and Sergiu Puscuta as finance minister. The government is sworn in the same day.


Mexico: Former governor of Jalisco (1989-92) Guillermo Cosío Vidaurri dies.


Kuwait: The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Jabir Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah resigns. On November 18 the emir removes Defense Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al Jarrah Al Sabah from their posts and assigns Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah to run the affairs of the Defense Ministry and Deputy Prime Minister Anas al-Saleh those of the Interior Ministry; Sheikh Jabir declines reappointment as prime minister.
Vatican City: Pope Franciscus names Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy.


Tunisia: President Kaïs Saïed asks Habib Jemli to form a government.


Sri Lanka: In presidential elections, Gotabaya Rajapakse wins 52.2% of the vote and Sajith Premadasa 42.0%. Turnout is 83.7%. On November 17 Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera resigns. Rajapakse is sworn in on November 18.
United States: In gubernatorial elections in Louisiana, incumbent John Bel Edwards (Democrat) defeats Eddie Rispone (Republican), 51%-49%.


Belarus: In parliamentary elections, 110 members are elected, only 21 of whom belong to political parties. Turnout is about 77%.
Iraq: Former foreign minister (1965-67) and president of the Governing Council (2004) Adnan Pachachi dies.