April 2021


Aruba: Parliament is dissolved and the elections that were scheduled for September 24 are advanced to June 25.
Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Kasaï Oriental adopts a no-confidence motion against Governor Jean Maweja Muteba (13 of 17 votes).
Japan: The lower house rejects a no-confidence motion against Internal Affairs Minister Ryota Takeda.
New Caledonia: A third attempt of the new government to elect its president fails, with Thierry Santa again receiving 4 votes and Samuel Hnepeune and Louis Mapou 3 each.
Niger: The government of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini resigns ahead of the inauguration of Mohamed Bazoum as president, taking place on April 2. On April 3, Bazoum appoints Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou as prime minister. On April 7 his cabinet is named with Hassoumi Massoudou as foreign minister, Alkassoum Indattou as defense minister, and Ahmat Jidoud as finance minister; Alkache Alhada remains interior minister.

San Marino: Giancarlo Venturini (Christian Democrat) and Marco Nicolini (RETE) take office as captains-regent.
Slovakia: Eduard Heger is appointed prime minister with a cabinet including Ivan Korcok as foreign minister and Igor Matovic as finance minister; Jaroslav Nad remains defense minister and Roman Mikulec interior minister.


The Netherlands: Prime Minister Mark Rutte survives a no-confidence vote, which receives 72 votes (76 required).
Vietnam: Parliament (by 446 of 452 votes) relieves Nguyen Xuan Phuc of his office of prime minister, clearing the way for his candidacy for president. Nguyen Phu Trong is then likewise relieved as president (438 of 440 votes). On April 5 Nguyen Xuan Phuc is elected (468 of 468 votes) and sworn in as president, while Pham Minh Chinh is elected (462 of 466 votes) and sworn in as prime minister. On April 7, Pham submits to parliament the nominations of Bui Thanh Son as foreign minister, Phan Van Giang as defense minister, Pham Thi Thanh Tra as interior minister, and Ho Duc Phoc as finance minister; they are approved on April 8.


Brazil: Former governor of Ceará (1975-78) José Adauto Bezerra dies.
Kosovo: Parliament fails, in a first attempt, to elect a president due to a lack of quorum. On April 4, Vjosa Osmani receives 69 votes in the second round (80 required) and is then elected in a third round with 71 votes (61 sufficient) and sworn in.
South Africa: Former premier of KwaZulu-Natal (1994-97) Frank Mdlalose dies.
United States: Former governor of Montana (1989-93) Stan Stephens dies.


Bulgaria: In parliamentary elections, Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria-Union of Democratic Forces wins 25.8% of the vote (75 of 240 seats), There Is Such A People 17.4% (51), the Bulgarian Socialist Party 14.8% (43), the Movement for Rights and Freedoms 10.3% (30), and Democratic Bulgaria 9.3% (27). Turnout is 49.1%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Akita, incumbent Norihisa Satake is reelected with 49.5% of the vote, while Toshihide Muraoka wins 41.1%. Turnout is 56.6%.


Japan: Toshihito Kumagai takes office as governor of Chiba.
Papua New Guinea: Former governor of Eastern Highlands (2002-12) Malcolm Kela Smith dies.


Côte d'Ivoire: Prime Minister Patrick Achi's cabinet is named with Kandia Camara as foreign minister and Téné Birahima Ouattara as defense minister; Vagondo Diomandé stays as interior minister and Adama Coulibaly as finance minister.
Greenland: In parliamentary elections, Inuit Ataqatigiit wins 37.4% of the vote (12 of 31 seats), Siumut 30.1% (10), Naleraq 12.3% (4), the Democrats 9.3% (3), and Atassut 7.1% (2). Turnout is 65.8%.
Israel: President Reuven Rivlin asks Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government.
The Netherlands: Herman Tjeenk Willink is appointed as informateur in the process of formation of a new government.
United States: In mayoral elections in Anchorage (turnout 4.5%), Forrest Dunbar wins 35.5% of the vote, David Bronson 29.9%, and Bill Falsey 12.3%; a runoff is to be held May 11. In Omaha (primary), incumbent Jean Stothert wins 56.6% of the vote, R.J. Neary 15.5%, and Jasmine L. Harris 14.1%; the election between Stothert and Neary will take place on May 11. In Saint Louis (turnout 29.1%), Tishaura O. Jones wins 51.7% of the vote and Cara Spencer 47.8%.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool, and appoints Vladislav Khovalyg as acting head.


Indonesia: Former governor of Sumatera Selatan (2008) Mahyuddin dies.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Ulyanovsk oblast, Sergey Morozov, and appoints Aleksey Russkikh as acting governor.


Belize: The resignation of Governor-General Sir Colville Young, effective April 30, is announced.
Djibouti: In presidential elections, incumbent Ismail Omar Guelleh (People's Rally for Progress) wins 97.4% of the vote. Turnout is about 82%.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Vyacheslav Bitarov, and appoints Sergey Menyaylo as acting head.
Samoa: In parliamentary elections, Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi wins 25 of 51 seats, the Human Rights Protection Party 24, and independents 2.
United States: Former attorney general (1966-69) Ramsey Clark dies.


Nigeria: Former governor of Sokoto (1985-87) Garba Mohammed dies.


Benin: In presidential elections, incumbent Patrice Talon (independent) wins 86.4% of the vote and Alassane Soumanou (Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin) 11.3%. Turnout is 50.2%.
Ecuador: In the presidential runoff, Guillermo Lasso wins 52.5% of the vote and Andrés Arauz 47.5%. Turnout is 82.7%.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Yukon, the Yukon Party wins 39.4% of the vote (8 of 19 seats), the Liberal Party 32.3% (8 or 9), and the New Democratic Party 28.2% (2 or 3).
China: Former mayor of Shanghai (2012-17) Yang Xiong dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): The government of prime minister-designate Sama Lukonde Kyenge is announced with Christophe Lutundula as foreign minister, Gilbert Kabanda as defense minister, Daniel Aselo Okito as interior minister, and Nicolas Kazadi as finance minister.
Czech Republic: Foreign Minister Tomás Petrícek is dismissed and Jan Hamácek is appointed acting foreign minister.
Somalia: Parliament votes (149-3) to extend by two years the mandate of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and of the government of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Ituri adopts (33-8) a no-confidence motion against Governor Jean Bamanisa.