Australia: John Landy takes office as governor of Victoria.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ivo Andric-Luzanski becomes president of the Muslim-Croat Federation.
Hungary: Mihály Varga becomes finance minister.
Mexico: Enrique Priego Oropeza takes office as interim governor of Tabasco after Mexico's top electoral court had annulled the results of the state's October elections.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries: Alí Rodríguez Araque of Venezuela takes office as secretary-general.
Palau: Tommy Remengesau takes office as president.
Switzerland: Moritz Leuenberger takes office as president for 2001.
Puerto Rico: Sila María Calderón takes office as governor.
United States: Former attorney general (1957-61) and secretary of state (1969-73) William Rogers dies.
United States: Judy Martz is inaugurated as governor of Montana.
Mexico: Former Veracruz governor (1950-56) Marco Antonio Muñoz Turnbull dies.
United States: Ruth Ann Minner is sworn in as governor of Delaware.
Poland: Former foreign minister (1988-89) Tadeusz Olechowski dies.
Guinea: Defense Minister Dorank Assifat Diasseny is dismissed.
Antigua and Barbuda: A cabinet reshuffle is announced in which Finance Minister John St. Luce becomes minister of home affairs while Prime Minister Lester Bird takes the finance portfolio.
Suriname: Former prime minister (1986-87, 1996-2000) Pretaapnarian Radhakishun dies.
Thailand: In parliamentary elections, Thaksin Shinawatra's Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) party takes 248 of 500 seats, Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai's Democrats 128, Chart Thai 41, the New Aspiration Party 36, and Chart Pattana 29.
United States: Mike Easley is inaugurated as governor of North Carolina.
Ghana: John Agyekum Kufuor takes office as president. On January 11 he appoints Hackman Owusu-Agyemang as foreign minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo as finance minister, Alhaji Malik Alhassan Yakubu as interior minister, and Kwame Addo-Kufuor as defense minister.
Lebanon: Former president (1964-70) Charles Hélou dies.
Guatemala: President Alfonso Portillo replaces Defense Minister Gen. Juan de Dios Estrada with Gen. Eduardo Arévalo Lacs.
United States: Bob Holden is inaugurated as governor of Missouri.
Belgium: Former prime minister (1966-68, 1978-79) Paul Vanden Boeynants dies.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The prime minister of the Muslim-Croat Federation, Edhem Bicakcic, resigns. He leaves office January 11; Deputy Prime Minister Dragan Covic becomes acting prime minister.
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: Jean-François Tallec is named prefect.
Brazil: The resignation of Foreign Minister Luiz Felipe Palmeira is announced; President Fernando Henrique Cardoso first appoints Luiz Felipe de Seixas Corrêa as acting foreign minister and on January 22 Celso Lafer as new foreign minister (taking office January 29).
Canada: Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard resigns.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Republika Srpska parliament confirms Mladen Ivanic as prime minister (61-15). He takes over from Milorad Dodik on January 16.
Cape Verde: In parliamentary elections, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde wins 40 of 72 seats (47.3% of the vote), the ruling Democracy Movement 30 seats (39.8%), and the Democratic Alliance for Change 2 (6%). Turnout is 57.8%.
Portugal: In presidential elections, incumbent Jorge Sampaio (Socialist) wins 55.8% of the vote and Joaquim Ferreira do Amaral (Social Democrat) 34.5%. Turnout is 50.9%.
Russia: In Nenets autonomous okrug, Head of the Administration Vladimir Butov is reelected with 68.1% of the vote against 13.7% for Aleksandr Shmakov. In Tyumen oblast, Sergey Sobyanin wins 51.3%, defeating incumbent Leonid Roketsky (29.9%).
United States: Bob Wise is inaugurated as governor of West Virginia.
Yugoslavia: Former Danish defense minister Hans Hækkerup succeeds Bernard Kouchner as Kosovo administrator.
Congo (Kinshasa): President Laurent Kabila is assassinated (his death is officially confirmed only on January 18). On January 17 his son Joseph Kabila is named as interim president. He is sworn in as president on January 26.
Yugoslavia: Former president of the People's Assembly (1967-73) and of the Presidency (1974-79) of Slovenia and president of the Presidency of Yugoslavia (1981-82) Sergej Kraigher dies.
Philippines: Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is sworn in as president after the chief justice proclaimed the presidency vacant, following the resignation of several ministers from President Joseph Estrada's cabinet. She names Alberto Romulo as finance secretary and on January 22 Jose Lina as interior secretary.
United States: George W. Bush is inaugurated as president. Richard Cheney becomes vice president, Colin Powell secretary of state, Donald Rumsfeld secretary of defense, Paul O'Neill secretary of the treasury, Spencer Abraham secretary of energy, Rod Paige secretary of education, Don Evans secretary of commerce, and Ann Veneman secretary of agriculture. On January 24 Mel Martinez takes office as secretary of housing and urban development and Anthony J. Principi as secretary of veterans affairs, on January 25 Norman Mineta as transportation secretary. On January 31 Gale Norton takes office as interior secretary, Elaine Chao as labor secretary, and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman as Environmental Protection Agency administrator; Donald T. DiFrancesco becomes acting governor of New Jersey.
Australia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Peter Reith is appointed defense minister. He is sworn in on January 30.
Libya: Former secretary of the General People's Committee (1987-90) and foreign minister (1992-2000) Umar Mustafa al-Muntasir dies.
Tunisia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Abdallah Kaabi becomes interior minister and Dali Jazi defense minister.
Côte d'Ivoire: Bohoun Bouabré is named finance minister.
Jersey: Sir John Cheshire takes office as lieutenant governor.
Guinea-Bissau: A new cabinet is sworn in. Faustino Imbali becomes foreign minister and Rui Duarte de Barros finance minister.
Paraguay: Defense Minister Ramón Ocampos Alfaro resigns. He is temporarily replaced by the interior minister, Julio César Fanego.
Tonga: Siosiua 'Utoikamanu is named finance minister.
Yugoslavia: Zoran Djindjic is sworn in as prime minister of Serbia.
Mauritania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Dah Ould Abdi is named foreign minister and Mahfoudh Ould Mohamed Ali finance minister.
Benin: Former governor of Dahomey (1951-55) Charles Bonfils (also governor of French Guinea, 1955-56) dies.
Burundi: Former prime minister (1964-65, 1972-73) Albin Nyamoya dies.