February 2022


Armenia: The resignation of President Armen Sarkisyan takes effect and the chairman of the National Assembly, Alen Simonyan, becomes acting president.

Guatemala: Mario Búcaro is sworn in as foreign minister.
Japan: Former governor of Tokyo (1999-2012) Shintaro Ishihara dies.



Peru: Finance Minister Pedro Francke resigns. President Pedro Castillo appoints a new government (sworn in the same day) with Héctor Valer Pinto as prime minister, César Landa as foreign minister, José Luis Gavidia Arrascue as defense minister, Alfonso Chávarry Estrada as interior minister, and Óscar Graham Yamahuchi as finance minister. Already on February 4 Castillo announces a decision to "recompose" the government, understood to mean the dismissal of Valer Pinto (who confirms on February 5 that he submitted his resignation). On February 8 the new government is sworn in with Aníbal Torres as prime minister, the above-named other ministers being retained.
São Tomé and Príncipe: In a cabinet reshuffle, Jorge Amado is named defense minister and Cílcio Pires dos Santos interior minister.


Greece: Former president (1985-90) Christos Sartzetakis dies.
United Kingdom: The first minister of Northern Ireland, Paul Givan, resigns, effective the end of the day.


Denmark: In a cabinet reshuffle, Morten Bødskov becomes defense minister.
Haiti: The rump Senate, in a letter to the prime minister and acting president, Ariel Henry, says that with the end of the presidential term on February 7, the de facto government is to manage current affairs while waiting for a broad national consensus to emerge about a return to institutional normality.
Montenegro: The Constitutional Court stops the impeachment proposal launched (Nov. 19, 2021) against President Milo Djukanovic.
Montenegro: The government of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic is defeated in a no-confidence vote (43-11).
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Former secretary-general (1996-2006) Donald J. Johnston dies.


African Union: Senegalese president Macky Sall takes office as chairman.


Chile: Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand resigns. Carolina Valdivia Torres becomes acting minister.
Costa Rica: In the first round of presidential elections, former president José María Figueres Olsen (National Liberation Party) wins about 27% of the vote, Rodrigo Chaves (Social Democratic Progress Party) about 17%, Fabricio Alvarado (New Republic) about 15%, Eliécer Feinzaig (Progressive Liberal Party) about 12%, and Lineth Saborío (Social Christian Unity Party) about 12%. Turnout is about 60%. The runoff will be held on April 3.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Yamaguchi, incumbent Tsugumasa Muraoka wins 87.1% of the vote and Mari Chiba 12.9%. Turnout is 34.9%.


Central African Republic: Félix Moloua is named prime minister following the resignation of Henri Marie Dondra. Moloua takes office February 9 with an unchanged cabinet.
Cyprus: The North Cyprus government of Prime Minister Faiz Sucuoglu resigns. On February 8 President Ersin Tatar asks Sucuoglu to form a new government. On February 21 its composition is announced with Hasan Taçoy as foreign minister, Sunat Atun as finance minister, and Ünal Üstel as interior minister.
Iraq: Parliament indefinitely postpones a vote for president due to boycotts by major political blocs. On February 13 the Federal Supreme Court rules that incumbent Barham Salih will continue to perform his duties until a new president is elected.
Poland: Finance Minister Tadeusz Koscinski resigns. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki becomes acting finance minister.
Ukraine: Former chairman of parliament of Crimea (2002-06) Borys Deich dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): The Constitutional Court invalidates the Dec. 2, 2021, no-confidence motion against the governor of Sud-Kivu, Théo Ngwabidje Kasi. He resumes office on February 21.
United States: In mayoral elections in Oklahoma City, incumbent David Holt wins 59.8% of the vote, Frank Urbanic 19.9%, and Carol Hefner 13.6%.
Venezuela: Former governor of Miranda (1971-74, 1989-95) Arnaldo Arocha dies.


Slovakia: Former foreign minister (1994, 1998-2006) Eduard Kukan dies.


Belize: Sir Manuel Esquivel, former prime minister (1984-89, 1993-98), dies.
Libya: Parliament selects Fathi Bashagha as prime minister. However, incumbent Abdul Hamid Muhammad Dbeibah has said he does not recognize the parliament's attempt to remove him. On February 12 the president of the High Council of State defends the designation of Bashagha.


Congo (Kinshasa): The government adopts an 18th extension of the state of siege in Ituri and Nord-Kivu (for 15 days beginning February 19), followed by a 19th on February 25 (for 15 days beginning March 6).


Estonia: Former first secretary of the Communist Party of the Estonian S.S.R. (1978-88) Karl Vaino dies.
Turkmenistan: Early presidential elections are announced for March 12. The previous day President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov indicated his retirement.


Germany: The 1,472-member Federal Assembly reelects Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president. He receives 1,045 votes, against 140 for Max Otte, 96 for Gerhard Trabert, 58 for Stefanie Gebauer, and 86 abstentions.
India: Former governor of Rajasthan (1990-91) Debi Prasad Chattopadhyaya dies.
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Castilla-León, the Popular Party wins 31.7% of the vote (31 of 81 seats), the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 30.4% (28), Vox 17.8% (13), Podemos-United Left-Green Alliance 5.1% (1), Ciudadanos 4.5% (1), and the Union of Leonese People 4.3% (3). Turnout is 63.4%.


Czech Republic: The governor of Plzenský kraj, Ilona Mauritzová, is dismissed and Rudolf Spoták elected governor.
India: In state elections in Goa, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 33.3% of the vote (20 of 40 seats), the Indian National Congress 23.5% (11), the Revolutionary Goans Party 9.5% (1), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak 7.6% (2), and the Aam Aadmi Party 6.8% (2); turnout is 79.6%. In Uttarakhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 44.3% of the vote (47 of 70 seats), the Indian National Congress 37.9% (19), and the Bahujan Samaj Party 4.8% (2); turnout is 65.4%.
The Sudan: Yassin Ibrahim is appointed acting defense minister.


Guernsey: Richard Cripwell is sworn in as lieutenant governor.
Malaysia: The constitution of Sarawak is amended to change the title of chief minister to premier.
Portugal: The Constitutional Court annuls the votes of emigrants in the January 30 elections and orders a revote.
United States: In special mayoral elections in Milwaukee (for the remainder of Tom Barrett's term), acting incumbent Cavalier Johnson wins 41.8% of the vote, Bob Donovan 22.3%, Lena C. Taylor 12.8%, and Marina Dimitrijevic 12.2%. A runoff will take place April 5.


Albania: The Constitutional Court rejects the June 9, 2021, decision of parliament to dismiss President Ilir Meta.
Burkina Faso: Lt.Col. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is formally sworn in as president.
Kuwait: Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al Muhammad Al Sabah survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (rejected 23-21).
Kuwait: Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Mansour Al Ahmad Al Sabah resign. On February 17 the emir accepts the resignations and appoints Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al Muhammad Al Sabah as acting defense minister and Oil Minister Muhammad al-Fares as acting interior minister.
Liberia: Former president of the Interim Government of National Unity (1990-94) Amos Sawyer dies.
Pitcairn Island: Iona Thomas is appointed governor, to take office in August.


Algeria: Abderrahmane Raouya is named finance minister.

Russia: The head of the republic of Dagestan, Sergey Melikov, accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Abdulpatakh Amirkhanov and appoints Abdulmuslim Abdulmuslimov as acting prime minister. On February 22 Melikov appoints Abdulmuslimov as prime minister.


Italy: Former president of Molise (1992-94) Luigi Di Bartolomeo dies.


Luxembourg: Former foreign minister (1984-99) Jacques Poos dies.


India: In state elections in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party wins 42.0% of the vote (92 of 117 seats), the Indian National Congress 23.0% (18), the Shiromani Akali Dal 18.4% (3), and the Bharatiya Janata Party 6.6% (2). Turnout is 72.0%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Nagasaki, Kengo Oishi is elected with 45.6% of the vote, defeating incumbent Hodo Nakamura (45.5%). Turnout is 47.8%.


Mali: The National Transitional Council adopts a charter allowing the military authorities to rule for up to five years; thereafter the transitional president, Assimi Goita, is to be barred from being a candidate in presidential elections.


Paraguay: Interior Minister Arnaldo Giuzzio is dismissed and Federico González named to replace him (sworn in February 23).


Faeroe Islands: Uni Rasmussen is appointed finance minister.
Slovakia: Another no-confidence motion against Interior Minister Roman Mikulec is defeated (62-50).
Sweden: Former governor of Örebro (1980-89) Elvy Olsson dies.


Australia: Former governor of Victoria (2001-06) John Landy dies.


Chad: In a cabinet reshuffle, Idriss Dokony Adiker is appointed public security minister.
Georgia: South Ossetian defense minister Ibragim Gasseyev is dismissed and Viktor Fyodorov appointed acting minister.
India: Former chief minister of Orissa (1989-90, 1999-2000) Hemananda Biswal dies.
Kazakhstan: Marat Akhmetzhanov is appointed interior minister.


Mauritius: In parliamentary elections in Rodrigues, the Rodrigues People's Organization wins 8 of 17 seats, the Rodrigues Alliance 5, and the Liberation Alliance 4. Turnout is 77.2%.


Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov demands the resignation of Defense Minister Stefan Yanev and nominates Todor Tagarev for the post.
Libya: Former secretary of the General People's Committee (1990-94) Abuzed Omar Dorda dies.
Thailand: Former foreign minister (1975, 1976) Bhichai Rattakul dies.