June 2022


New Caledonia: Former president of the government (1999-2001) Jean Lèques dies.

Slovenia: Parliament confirms (53-28) the government, including Tanja Fajon as foreign minister (see May 23).





Switzerland: Mauro Poggia becomes president of the Council of State of Genève, Laurent Kurth president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Fredy Fässler president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Cornelia Komposch president of the government of Thurgau, and Urs Janett Landammann of Uri.
Tokelau: Don Higgins is appointed as administrator.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative Party wins 40.8% of the vote (83 of 124 seats), the Liberal Party 23.8% (8), the New Democratic Party 23.7% (31), and the Green Party 6.0% (1). Turnout is 43.5%.


Congo (Kinshasa): Parliament approves the 25th extension of the state of siege in Ituri and Nord-Kivu. The government (empowered to do so during a parliamentary recess) adopts a 26th on June 17 (for 15 days beginning June 19).

Estonia: All ministers of the Centre Party, including Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets and Interior Minister Kristian Jaani, are dismissed. Andres Sutt takes over the foreign portfolio and Kalle Laanet interior.


Albania: In a fourth round of voting, parliament elects (78-4, opposition parties boycotting; 71 votes were required) Bajram Begaj as president. He will take office July 24.


Mexico: Winners of gubernatorial elections (MORENA=National Regeneration Movement):


Finland: Former foreign minister (1976-77) Keijo Korhonen dies.
Mali: The junta shortens the transitional period, envisaging a return to civilian rule in March 2024.


Brunei: In a cabinet reshuffle, Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman is appointed as home affairs minister.

Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Marco Luzzago, the lieutenant (acting grand master), dies. Grand Commander Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas becomes lieutenant ad interim. On June 13 Pope Franciscus appoints John T. Dunlap as lieutenant (sworn in June 14).
Marshall Islands: Ota Kisino is sworn in as internal affairs minister.
Sweden: Interior and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (174 votes against him, 97 in favour, 70 abstentions; 175 votes were necessary for removal).

Switzerland: Christine Häsler is elected president of the government of Bern.
United States: In mayoral elections in Los Angeles, Karen Bass wins 43.1% of the vote and Rick Caruso 36.0%. A runoff will be held November 8.


Bulgaria: The party There is Such a People decides to withdraw its ministers from the government, including Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska, who resigns on June 13.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Kaliningrad oblast (2000-05) Vladimir Yegorov dies.
San Marino: Former captain-regent (1992-93) and foreign minister (2002) Romeo Morri dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): President Félix Tshisekedi appoints the following elected governors: Isabelle Yumba Kalenga Mushimbi (Haut-Lomami), John Kabeya Shikayi (Kasaï Central), Patrick Mathias Kabeya Matshi Abidi (Kasaï Oriental), Guy Bandu Ndungidi (Kongo Central), Jules Lodi Emongo (Sankuru), and Julie Ngungwa Mwayuma (Tanganyika). On June 14 Tshisekedi appoints Jean-Robert Nzanza Bombiti (Bas-Uélé) and Nathan Ilunga Numbi (Lomami). Bandu takes office June 18, Kabeya Shikayi and Ngungwa June 20, Yumba June 21, Kabeya Matshi Abidi June 23, and Ilunga June 28.
Guinea-Bissau: The new government is named, with Marciano Silva Barbeiro as defense minister, other key ministers remaining unchanged.


Italy: Former president of Emilio-Romagna (1996-99) Antonio La Forgia dies.


North Korea: Choe Son Hui is appointed foreign minister.


France: In the first round of parliamentary elections (turnout 47.5%), Together! (Presidential Majority) wins 25.8% of the vote (1 seat), the New People's Ecologist and Social Union (NUPES) 25.7% (4), the National Rally 18.7% (0), the Republicans 10.4% (0), and Reconquest! 4.2% (0). The remaining 572 of the 577 seats are allocated in the second round on June 19 (turnout 46.2%), when Together! wins 38.6% of the vote (244 seats, for a total of 245), NUPES 31.6% (127, for a total of 131), the National Rally 17.3% (89), and the Republicans 7.0% (61). On June 21 President Emmanuel Macron rejects an offer by Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to resign. On June 25 Macron asks her to form a new government.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial Appeal Court confirms the election of Rita Bola Dula as governor of Mai-Ndombe.


Algeria: Finance Minister Abderrahmane Raouya is removed from office and Brahim Djamel Kessali becomes acting finance minister.
Chile: Former foreign minister (1987-88) Ricardo García Rodríguez dies.


Somalia: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appoints Hamza Abdi Barre as prime minister. On June 25 he is endorsed by parliament (220-0) and sworn in.


Philippines: President-elect Bongbong Marcos names Jose Faustino, Jr., as defense secretary. Marcos is sworn in on June 30.


Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Abiodun Oyebanji (All Progressives Congress) wins 53.2% of the vote, Olusegun Oni (Social Democratic Party) 23.4%, and Bisi Kolawole (People's Democratic Party) 19.2%. Turnout is 36.5%.


Colombia: In the presidential runoff, Gustavo Petro (Historic Pact) wins 51.6% of the vote and Rodolfo Hernández (League of Anti-Corruption Rulers) 48.4%. Turnout is 58.1%. Petro will take office August 7. On June 25 he names Álvaro Leyva as foreign minister and on June 30 José Antonio Ocampo as finance minister.
Denmark: Former foreign minister (1982-93) Uffe Ellemann-Jensen dies.
Nigeria: Former administrator of Rivers (1996-98) and Plateau (1998-99) Musa Shehu dies.
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Andalucía, the People's Party wins 43.6% of the vote (58 of 109 seats), the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 24.3% (30), Vox 13.6% (14), For Andalucía 7.8% (5), and Forward Andalucía 4.6% (2). Turnout is 58.4%.
Tajikistan: Alisher Khudoyberdi (hitherto acting) is appointed chairman of Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous province.


China: Former governor of Hunan (1985-89) Xiong Qingquan dies.

Georgia: Konstantin Dzhussoyev is appointed prime minister of South Ossetia.
Israel: The government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett defeats two no-confidence votes in the Knesset (57-52), but the governing coalition announces plans to dissolve the Knesset later this month, with Yair Lapid to become prime minister until new elections likely in October. The vote to dissolve occurs on June 30 (the elections being set for November 1), and Bennett leaves office at midnight.
Russia: Former prime minister of Kabardino-Balkariya (2013-14) Konstantin Khramov dies.
Saint Helena: Governor Philip Rushbrook departs. Greg Gibson becomes acting governor.


Papua New Guinea: Sir Peter Barter, former governor of Madang (1995-97, 2002) and caretaker governor of Southern Highlands (2002-03), dies.
Russia: Former chairman of the Council of Ministers (1967-78) and chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1978-87) of the Dagestan A.S.S.R. Alipasha Umalatov dies.
Serbia: Former acting president (1997) Dragan Tomic dies.


Bulgaria: The government of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov is defeated in a no-confidence vote in parliament (123-116). On June 27 Petkov resigns and is tasked to form a new government by President Rumen Radev.
Jersey: In parliamentary elections, independents win 66.7% of the vote (24 of 37 deputies and 11 of 12 connétables), Reform Jersey 12.4% (10 deputies), the Jersey Alliance 9.2% (1 connétable), the Progress Party 4.3% (1 deputy), and the Jersey Liberal Conservatives 4.1% (2 deputies).
Kuwait: Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmad Al Jabir Al Sabah, in the name of the emir, announces the dissolution of parliament.
Niger: Former foreign minister (1972-74) Boukary Sabo dies.


Canada: The mandate of the commmissioner of the Northwest Territories, Margaret M. Thom, is extended for 18 months (beginning June 26).


Grenada: In parliamentary elections, the National Democratic Congress wins 51.8% of the vote (9 of 15 seats) and the New National Party 47.8% (6). Turnout is 70.0%. Dickon Mitchell is sworn in as prime minister on June 24. On June 30 his cabinet is sworn in with himself as finance and national security and home affairs minister and Joseph Andall as foreign minister.
Lebanon: In binding parliamentary consultations, Prime Minister Najib Mikati receives 54 votes and Nawaf Salam 25, with 46 blank votes; Mikati is consequently designated to form a new government.


The Commonwealth: Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, is reelected as secretary-general for a further two-year term, defeating Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith, 27-24.
Sweden: Former governor of Blekinge (1992-2001) Ulf Lönnqvist dies.


Pakistan: President Arif Alvi accepts the (April 11) resignation of the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Raja Jalal Hussein Maqpoon. The speaker of the provincial assembly, Syed Amjad Ali Zaidi, becomes acting governor.


Canada: The premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, announces his resignation (effective after the election of a new leader of his New Democratic Party).
Ecuador: Parliament votes 80-48 (short of the 92 votes required) to remove President Guillermo Lasso.
Germany: The Landtag of Nordrhein-Westfalen reelects Hendrik Wüst as minister-president (106-74).


Germany: The Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein reelects Daniel Günther as minister-president (47-15).

India: The chief minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray, resigns. On June 30 Eknath Shinde is sworn in as chief minister.


Jersey: Lieutenant Governor Sir Stephen Dalton departs.
Pakistan: The High Court of Punjab nullifies the April 16 election of Hamza Shahbaz as chief minister and restores Usman Buzdar as acting chief minister. A new election in the provincial assembly is to take place on July 1.