June 2020


Azerbaijan: Vahram Baghdasaryan is appointed finance minister of Artsakh. On June 8 Jalal Harutyunyan is reappointed as defense minister.
Switzerland: Monika Maire-Hefti becomes president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Bruno Damann president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Walter Schönholzer president of the government of Thurgau, and Urban Camenzind Landammann of Uri.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic announces his resignation.
The Sudan: Yassin Ibrahim is sworn in as defense minister.
Switzerland: Pierre Alain Schnegg is elected president of the government of Bern.


Belarus: President Alyaksandr Lukashenka dismisses the government of Prime Minister Syarhey Rumas. On June 4 Lukashenka appoints Roman Golovchenko as prime minister. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and Defense Minister Viktar Khrenin are confirmed in office, while Yury Seliverstov becomes finance minister.


Kosovo: Parliament elects (61-24) a new government with Avdullah Hoti as prime minister, Meliza Haradinaj as foreign minister, Agim Veliu as interior minister, Hykmete Bajrami as finance minister, and Anton Quni remaining as defense minister.


Argentina: Former governor of Catamarca (1988) Oscar Ramón Garbe dies.
Dominican Republic: Former member of the Triumvirate (1964-65) Ramón Cáceres Troncoso dies.
Guatemala: Oliverio García Rodas is appointed and sworn in as interior minister.
Malaysia: Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam is appointed governor of Malacca (sworn in June 5).
Nigeria: Former governor of Ondo (1992-93) Dele Olumilua dies.


Finland: Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni resigns. On June 8 Matti Vanhanen is nominated as finance minister (sworn in June 9).
India: Former governor of Manipur (1999-2003), Mizoram (2000-01), Jharkhand (2003-04), and Bihar (2004) Ved Marwah dies.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: In parliamentary elections, Team Unity wins 56.4% of the vote and 9 of 11 seats (People's Action Movement 4, Concerned Citizens Movement 3, People's Labour Party 2), the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party 34.5% (2), and the Nevis Reformation Party 9.0% (0). Turnout is 52.1%. On June 7 Prime Minister Timothy Harris is sworn in for a second term. In the cabinet sworn in on June 14, Harris remains finance minister and Mark Brantley foreign minister.


Iraq: Parliament approves 7 new ministers, including Fuad Hussein as foreign minister, completing the cabinet.


Czech Republic: The governor of Plzenský kraj, Josef Bernard, is dismissed (39-2). Marcela Krejsová becomes acting governor.




Burundi: The death of President Pierre Nkurunziza (on June 8) is announced. The speaker of parliament, Pascal Nyabenda, would constitutionally become the acting president. On June 11, however, the government asks the Constitutional Court to determine the modalities of filling the vacancy. On June 12 the court rules that an interim is not necessary and the president-elect, Evariste Ndayishimiye (who was to take office in August), should be sworn in as soon as possible; this takes place on June 18. On June 23 parliament approves the nomination by Ndayishimiye of Alain Guillaume Bunyoni to the restored post of prime minister (92-2) and of Prosper Bazombanza as vice president (91-2); they are sworn in on June 24. On June 28 a cabinet is named (sworn in June 30) including Albert Shingiro as foreign minister, Alain Tribert Mutabazi as defense minister, and Gervais Ndirakobuca as interior minister; Domitien Ndihokubwayo remains finance minister.
Portugal: Finance Minister Mário Centeno resigns, to be replaced by João Leão (sworn in June 15).


Germany: The Bürgerschaft of Hamburg reelects Peter Tschentscher as first mayor (87-34).

Niue: Dalton Tagelagi is elected premier, defeating O'Love Jacobsen by 13 votes to 7. On June 11 he names a cabinet with himself responsible for foreign affairs and Crossley Tatui as finance minister.


Gabon: Former foreign minister (2012-16) and prime minister (2016-19) Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet dies.

Gibraltar: Sir David Steel is sworn in as governor.
Mali: Prime Minister Boubou Cissé's government resigns. Cissé is immediately reappointed and charged with forming a new government.
Papua New Guinea: Foreign Minister Patrick Pruaitch is suspended from office.

Syria: President Bashar al-Assad dismisses Prime Minister Imad Khamis and names Hussein Arnous as acting prime minister.


Bermuda: Rena Lalgie is appointed governor, to take office in December.
Philippines: Former foreign secretary (2016-17) Perfecto Yasay, Jr., dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): Former foreign minister of Zaire (1992-93) Pierre Lumbi dies.
Guatemala: Former foreign minister (2008-12) Haroldo Rodas dies.


India: Former lieutenant governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (2001-04) and Pondicherry (2004) Nagendra Nath Jha dies.
Ireland: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party agree on a government program with Micheál Martin to become prime minister until December 2022, then to be succeeded by Leo Varadkar. Parliament elects Martin as prime minister (93-63) on June 27; in his cabinet, Simon Coveney remains foreign minister and also becomes defense minister and Paschal Donohoe remains finance minister.

Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziyev resigns. On June 16 President Sooronbay Jeenbekov accepts the resignation and appoints First Deputy Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov as acting prime minister; the ruling coalition nominates Boronov to be prime minister until parliamentary elections in October. On June 17 parliament approves (105-2) Boronov and his government (with no change in key portfolios) and he is appointed by the president.


Cook Islands: Prime Minister Henry Puna says he will resign in September, to be succeeded by Mark Brown.


Russia: Former president/head of the republic of Chuvashia (2010-20) Mikhail Ignatyev dies.
Suriname: Former prime minister (1969-73) Jules Sedney dies.


Croatia: Former president of the Presidency (1985-86) Ema Derosi-Bjelajac dies.


Serbia: In parliamentary elections, For Our Children (coalition led by the Serbian Progressive Party) wins about 63% of the vote (189 of 250 seats), the Socialist Party of Serbia-United Serbia coalition about 11% (32), and Victory for Serbia (coalition led by the Serbian Patriotic Alliance) about 4% (12); turnout is about 48%. In elections in Vojvodina, For Our Children wins 61.6% of the vote (76 of 120 seats), the Socialist Party of Serbia-United Serbia coalition 11.2% (13), the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians 9.3% (11), the Vojvodina Front (coalition led by the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina) 5.1% (6), Broom 2020 (coalition led by the Democratic Party of Serbia) 4.4% (5), For the Kingdom of Serbia 4.2% (5), and the Serbian Radical Party 3.3% (4); turnout is 50.2%.


Kiribati: In the presidential election, incumbent Taneti Maamau (Tobwaan Kiribati Party) wins 59.3% of the vote and Banuera Berina (Boutokaan Kiribati Moa) 40.7%. Maamau is sworn in for his new term on June 24.


Algeria: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ayman Benabderrahmane is named finance minister.

Malawi: In presidential elections, Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party) wins 59.3% of the vote and incumbent Peter Mutharika (Democratic Progressive Party) 39.9%. Turnout is 64.8%. Chakwera is sworn in on June 28. On June 29 he names Felix Mlusu as finance minister and Richard Chimwendo Banda as minister of homeland security.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Kasaï Central passes (18-12) a no-confidence motion against Governor Martin Kabuya Mulamba Kabitanga.
Cyprus: In a cabinet reshuffle, Charalampos Petridis is appointed defense minister (sworn in June 29).
Mongolia: In parliamentary elections, the Mongolian People's Party wins 62 of 76 seats and the Democratic Party 11. Turnout is 73.6%.
Pakistan: Mir Afzal is sworn in as caretaker chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan following the expiration of the term of the provincial assembly.

Timor-Leste: A new government takes office including Adaljiza Magno as foreign minister and Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak as interior minister; Filomeno Paixão remains defense minister and Fernando Hanjam finance minister.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Tshopo passes (13-10) a no-confidence motion against Governor Louis-Marie Walle Lufungula.
Nigeria: Former governor of Oyo (2011-19) Abiola Ajimobi dies.


Argentina: Former governor of Santa Fe (2007-11) Hermes Binner dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): The governor of Kwango, Jean-Marie Peti Peti Tamata, resigns.


Algeria: Former prime minister (1992-93) Belaid Abdessalam dies.
Iceland: In presidential elections, incumbent Gudni Jóhannesson wins 91.8% of the vote and Gudmundur Franklin Jónsson 8.2%.
Italy: Former president of Puglia (1978-83) Nicola Quarta dies.


Guinea-Bissau: President Umaro Sissoco Embaló dismisses five ministers including Defense Minister Sandji Fati and Interior Minister Botche Candé. On June 30 parliament approves (55-1, main opposition party boycotting) the government program of Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam.
Poland: In the first round of presidential elections, incumbent Andrzej Duda wins 43.5% of the vote, Rafal Trzaskowski 30.5%, Szymon Holownia 13.9%, and Krzysztof Bosak 6.8%. Turnout is 64.5%. A runoff will be held on July 12.


Anguilla: In parliamentary elections, the Anguilla Progressive Movement wins 7 of 11 seats and the Anguilla United Front 4. On June 30 Ellis Webster is sworn in as premier with a cabinet including himself as finance minister and Kenneth Hodge as home affairs minister.
Congo (Kinshasa): The governor of Mai-Ndombe, Paul Mputu Boleilanga, resigns.
Niger: Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum resigns and is replaced by Alkache Alhada.
Poland: Former foreign minister (1985-88) Marian Orzechowski dies.


Canada: Salma Lakhani is appointed as lieutenant governor of Alberta.
Slovenia: Interior Minister Ales Hojs resigns.