December 2019


Cyprus: In a cabinet reshuffle, Konstantinos Petridis is appointed as finance minister and Nikos Nouris as interior minister. The new ministers are sworn in on December 3.
Iraq: Parliament accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's government.
Malta: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announces his resignation, effective after a new Labour Party leader is selected in a process beginning January 12.


Gabon: In a cabinet reshuffle, Lambert Noël Matha becomes interior minister.
Mauritius: Parliament elects Pradeep Roopun as president and Eddy Boissézon as vice president. They are sworn in the same day.
United States: The Senate confirms Dan Brouillette as energy secretary (70-15). He had just become acting secretary after Rick Perry concluded his last day in the post on December 1.


Finland: Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigns.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Boise, Lauren McLean wins 65.5% of the vote and incumbent David H. Bieter 34.5%. In the runoff in Des Moines, incumbent Frank Cownie wins 50.6% of the vote and Jack Hatch 49.2%.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Kongo Central votes (24-0) to remove Governor Atou Matubuana Muluki.
Sri Lanka: Anuradha Yahampath is appointed and sworn in as governor of Eastern province and Tissa Vitharana as governor of North Central province.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: The House of Representatives confirms Zoran Tegeltija as prime minister (28-8).


Argentina: President-elect Alberto Fernández (to take office December 10) unveils his cabinet, including Santiago Cafiero as cabinet chief, Felipe Solá as foreign minister, Agustín Rossi as defense minister, Wado de Pedro as interior minister, and Martín Guzmán as economy minister.
Dominica: In parliamentary elections, the Dominica Labour Party wins 59.3% of the vote (17 of 21 elected seats) and the United Workers' Party 40.7% (4). (With 9 members appointed by the president and 2 ex-officio members, the total is 32 seats.) Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is sworn in for another term on December 7.