November 2006


Bangladesh: President Iajuddin Ahmed allocates the portfolios in the caretaker government headed by himself. He personally takes charge of the foreign, defense, and home ministries, while Akbar Ali Khan receives the finance portfolio.
Côte d'Ivoire: The United Nations Security Council votes a resolution extending for one year the mandate of President Laurent Gbagbo and of Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny.


South Korea: In a cabinet reshuffle, Song Min Soon is appointed foreign minister and Kim Jang Soo defense minister.
Spain: In parliamentary elections in Catalonia, Convergence and Union wins 31.5% of the vote (48 of 135 seats), the Socialist Party of Catalonia 26.8% (37), the Republican Left of Catalonia 14.1% (21), the People's Party 10.6% (14), the Green Initiative for Catalonia-United and Alternative Left 9.6% (12), and the Citizens' Party 3% (3). Turnout is 56.8%. José Montilla Aguilera is elected president of the Generalitat (70-65) on November 24 and takes office November 28.


Nigeria: The House of Assembly of Anambra dismisses Governor Peter Obi. The deputy governor, Dame Virginia Etiaba, is sworn in as new governor on November 3.
Nigeria: Muhammadu Sada is chosen as new sultan of Sokoto.
Russia: Anatoly Lisitsyn is confirmed as governor of Yaroslavl oblast by the local Duma (42-2).


Malaysia: The sultan of Terengganu, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud, is elected as the next yang di-pertuan agong (head of state), to take office December 13.


Italy: Former president of Sardegna (1970-72, 1972-73) Antonio Giagu De Martini dies.
Kiribati: Former resident commissioner of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands (1946-49) Henry Evans Maude dies.


Nicaragua: Presidential elections are won by former president Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) with 38% of the vote, against 28.3% for Eduardo Montealegre of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN), 27.1% for José Rizo of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), and 6.3% for Edmundo Jarquín of the Sandinista Renewal Movement (MRS). Ortega is to take office Jan. 10, 2007. In the parliamentary elections, the FSLN wins 38 of 90 elected seats, the PLC 25, the ALN 22, and the MRS 5. (One seat is reserved for the outgoing president and one for the second-place finisher in the presidential election, for a total of 92 seats.)
Philippines: Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Jr., resigns, effective November 30; President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo then takes over the portfolio.
Turkey: Former prime minister (1974, 1977, 1978-79, 1999-2002) Bülent Ecevit dies.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: The new presidency is inaugurated. Nebojsa Radmanovic is the first chairman.
Kyrgyzstan: Acting Interior Minister Osmonaly Guronov is sacked and Omurbek Suvanaliyev appointed to the post.
Tajikistan: In presidential elections, incumbent Emomali Rakhmonov (People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan) wins 79.3% of the vote, Olimjon Boboyev (Party of Economic Reform) 6.2%, Amir Karakulov (Agrarian Party of Tajikistan) 5.3%, and Ismoil Talbakov (Tajik Communist Party) 5.1%. Turnout is 91%.


France: Former president of the Regional Council of Lorraine (1976-78) Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber dies.
Guam: In gubernatorial elections, incumbent Felix Camacho (Republican) defeats Robert Underwood (Democrat), 50%-48%.
Latvia: A new government is approved with Ivars Godmanis as interior minister.
Federated States of Micronesia: In gubernatorial elections in Kosrae, Robert J. Weilbacher wins 42.6% of the vote, Yosiwo P. George 31%, and Gerson A. Jackson 26.4%. A runoff is to take place on January 16. In Yap, Sebastian Anefal defeats incumbent Robert Ruecho, about 65%-35%.
United States: In elections to the House of Representatives and to 33 of 100 seats in the Senate, the Democrats win control of both houses. In the House of Representatives, they win 233 of 435 seats and the Republicans 202. In the Senate, the Democrats will have a total of 51 seats (including two independents caucusing with them) and the Republicans 49. Results of gubernatorial elections: In mayoral elections in Louisville, Jerry E. Abramson (Dem.) is reelected over Kelly Downard (Rep.), 67%-31%, and in Providence, David Cicilline (Dem.) is reelected over Daniel Harrop (Rep.), 83%-17%.
Virgin Islands (U.S.): In gubernatorial elections, John deJongh (Democrat) wins just below 50% of the vote, Kenneth Mapp (independent) 26.8%, and Adlah Donastorg, Jr. (independent), 23.2%. A runoff is held November 21, deJongh winning 57.3% and Mapp 42.7%.


Czech Republic: President Václav Klaus again designates Mirek Topolánek as prime minister.
United States: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigns. President George W. Bush nominates Robert M. Gates as new secretary.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Milan Jelic takes office as president of the Republika Srpska.
Nigeria: The resignation of Defense Minister Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is accepted.
Serbia: The National Assembly acknowledges the resignation of Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic. Vesna Arsic becomes acting minister until November 14, when Milan Parivodic, the minister of foreign economic relations, is named coordinator of the finance ministry.


Georgia: Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili resigns and is replaced by Davit Kezerashvili.

Montenegro: The parliament approves Zeljko Sturanovic as prime minister (44-26) as well as his government (42-28), including Milan Rocen as foreign minister, Boro Vucinic as defense minister, and Jusuf Kalamperovic remaining as interior minister and Igor Luksic as finance minister.


Lebanon: The Hezbollah and Amal ministers, including Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh, resign.


Georgia: Eduard Kokoyty is reelected president of South Ossetia with 98.1% of the vote. Turnout is 95.1%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Fukushima, Yuhei Sato (supported by the Democratic Party of Japan and the Social Democratic Party) wins 51.5% of the vote and Masako Mori (backed by the Liberal-Democratic Party and New Komeito) 41%. Turnout is 58.8%.


Canada: In mayoral elections in Toronto, incumbent David Miller wins 57% of the vote and Jane Pitfield 32.3%. In Ottawa, Larry O'Brien is elected with 47.1% of the vote, against 36.3% for Alex Munter and 15.6% for incumbent Bob Chiarelli. In London, incumbent Anne Marie DeCicco-Best wins 57.7% and Joe Fontana 35.7%.
Nigeria: The governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, is impeached by the state House of Assembly and the deputy governor, Michael Botmang, is sworn in to replace him.


Nigeria: Former governor of Ogun (1987-90) and Kwara (1999-2003) Mohammed Lawal dies.
Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare appoints Paul Tiensten as foreign minister.


Brazil: Former acting governor of Mato Grosso do Sul (1986-87) Ramez Tebet dies.


Greenland: Former chairman of the Landsråd (1971-79) Lars Chemnitz dies.
South Korea: Former foreign minister (1964-66) Lee Tong Won dies.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Okinawa, Hirokazu Nakaima (supported by the Liberal-Democratic Party and New Komeito) wins 52.3% of the vote and Keiko Itokazu (supported by the Democratic Party of Japan, Social Democratic Party, and Japanese Communist Party) 46.7%. Turnout is 64.5%.
Mauritania: In parliamentary elections, the Rally of Democratic Forces wins 12 seats, other parties 7, and independents 24. A second round to choose 52 additional seats is to be held December 3.


Djibouti: Former prime minister (1977) and president (1977-99) Hassan Gouled Aptidon dies.
Mexico: Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez becomes interim governor of Jalisco, replacing Francisco Ramírez Acuña, who resigned to accept a position in the cabinet of president-elect Felipe Calderón.


The Netherlands: In parliamentary elections, the Christian Democratic Appeal wins 26.5% of the vote (41 of 150 seats), the Labour Party 21.2% (33), the Socialist Party 16.6% (25), the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 14.7% (22), the Party for Freedom 5.9% (9), Green Left 4.6% (7), the Christian Union 4% (6), and the Democrats 66 2% (3). Turnout is 80.4%.


The Gambia: Interior Minister Baboucarr Jatta is dismissed and replaced by Ousman Sonko.
Isle of Man: In parliamentary elections, independents win 21 of 24 seats, the Liberal Vannin Party 2, and the Manx Labour Party 1.


Taiwan: For the third time, the parliament fails to approve a recall motion against President Chen Shui-bian (118 votes for; 146 were required to adopt the motion).


Australia: Parliamentary elections are held in Victoria. In the lower house, the Labor Party wins 43.1% of the vote (55 of 88 seats), the Liberal Party 34.4% (23), the Greens 10% (0), the National Party 5.2% (9), and Family First 4.3% (0). In the upper house, the Labor Party wins 41.5% of the vote (19 of 40 seats), the Liberal Party 34.6% (15), the Greens 10.6% (3), the National Party 4.4% (2), Family First 3.9% (0), and the Democratic Labor Party 2% (1). Turnout is 92.7%.
Bahrain: In parliamentary elections, the Shi`ite grouping Al Wefaq wins 16 seats, the Sunni groups Al Asala and Al Menbar 4 each, and independents 5. Turnout is about 73%. The remaining 11 seats will be decided in a second round on December 2.
San Marino: Former captain-regent (1957-58, 1961) Federico Micheloni dies.


Ecuador: In the presidential runoff, Rafael Correa wins 56.7% of the vote and Álvaro Noboa 43.3%. Turnout is 76%.
Guinea-Bissau: President João Bernardo Vieira sacks Interior Minister Ernesto Carvalho. On November 28 he names Dionísio Cabi as new interior minister.
Indonesia: The first direct gubernatorial elections in Banten are won by Ratu Atut Chosiyah with 40.2% of the vote, defeating Zulkieflimansyah (33%), Tryana Sjam'un (22.7%), and Irsjad Djuwaeli (4.1%).
Japan: Former governor of Fukuoka (1955-59) Kouroku Tsuchiya dies.


Cook Islands: In a by-election for a seat tied at the general election of September 26, the seat is won by the Cook Islands Party.
India: Former raja of Tripura (1947) Kirit Vikrama Manikya dies.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin nominates incumbent Vyacheslav Shtyrov as president of Sakha.