September 2011



Singapore: Tony Tan is sworn in as president.


India: Vakkom Purushothaman is sworn in as governor of Mizoram.


Japan: Yoshihiko Noda is sworn in as prime minister. He announces his cabinet with Koichiro Genba as foreign minister, Yasuo Ichikawa as defense minister, Jun Azumi as finance minister, and Tatsuo Kawabata as internal affairs minister.
Federated States of Micronesia: Johnson Elimo is sworn in as governor of Chuuk.


Cuba: Defense Minister Gen. Julio Casas Regueiro dies. His deputy, Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frías, becomes acting minister.

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Manuel Pinto da Costa takes office as president.


Germany: In state elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (including a delayed election in one district on September 18), the Social Democratic Party wins 35.6% of the vote (27 of 71 seats), the Christian Democratic Union 23% (18), the Left 18.4% (14), the Greens 8.7% (7), the National Democratic Party 6% (5), and the Free Democratic Party 2.8% (0). Turnout is 51.5%.

India: Syed Ahmed is sworn in as governor of Jharkhand.

Nepal: Narayan Kaji Shrestha is sworn in as foreign minister and Barshaman Pun as finance minister.


Colombia: Juan Carlos Pinzón is sworn in as defense minister.
Haiti: President Michel Martelly names Garry Conille as his third choice for prime minister. On September 16 the Chamber of Deputies endorses the nomination (89-0).
Slovenia: Justice Minister Ales Zalar takes additional charge of the interior portfolio.



Russia: President Dmitry Medvedev replaces three of his plenipotentiaries in the federal districts, appointing Oleg Govorun to Tsentralny, Nikolay Vinnichenko to Severo-Zapadny, and Yevgeny Kuyvashev to Uralsky district.
Switzerland: Former president of the Council of State of Vaud (2003) Jean-Claude Mermoud dies.
United States: David Petraeus is sworn in as CIA director.


Chile: Former foreign minister (1964-70) Gabriel Valdés Subercaseaux dies.

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Malawi: President Bingu wa Mutharika names a new cabinet, including Peter Mutharika as foreign minister, Ken Lipenga as finance minister, and Aaron Sangala as home affairs minister; the defense ministry is abolished.
Switzerland: Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey announces she will not stand for reelection to the cabinet in December.
Switzerland: Former president of the government of Thurgau (1999-2000, 2002-03, 2007-08) Hans Peter Ruprecht dies.


India: K. Sankaranarayanan takes office as governor of Goa, Ram Naresh Yadav as governor of Madhya Pradesh, and M.O. Hasan Farook Maricar as governor of Kerala.
Nigeria: Former governor of North Central/Kaduna state (1975-77) Usman Jibrin dies.
Vietnam: Former chairman of the State Council (1987-92) Vo Chi Cong dies.



Cape Verde: Jorge Carlos Fonseca takes office as president.
Mexico: Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero resigns to become a presidential candidate. He is succeeded by José Antonio Meade.


Honduras: Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati is dismissed and Alden Rivera becomes acting foreign minister. On September 16 Arturo Corrales is sworn in as new foreign minister.


Guadeloupe: Amaury de Saint-Quentin takes office as prefect.
Guatemala: In presidential elections, Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party (PP) wins 36% of the vote, Manuel Baldizón of Renewed Democratic Liberty (LIDER) 23.2%, Eduardo Suger of Commitment, Renewal and Order (CREO) 16.4%, and Mario Estrada of the Union of National Change (UCN) 8.6%; turnout is 69.3%. A runoff is to be held on November 6. In parliamentary elections, the PP wins 26.6% of the vote (56 of 158 seats), the National Unity of Hope and Grand National Alliance 22.6% (47), the UCN 9.5% (15), LIDER 8.9% (13), and CREO 8.7% (12); turnout is 69.3%.
India: Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri is sworn in as chief minister of Uttarakhand following the resignation of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.


Turks and Caicos Islands: Damian Roderic Todd takes office as governor.


Costa Rica: Enrique Castillo is sworn in as foreign minister.
Papua New Guinea: Former governor of Southern Highlands (2003-07) Hami Yawari dies.
Slovakia: Prime Minister Iveta Radicová survives a parliamentary no-confidence vote, which is defeated 78-69.


Denmark: In parliamentary elections, the Liberals (Venstre) win 26.7% of the mainland vote (47 of 175 mainland seats), the Social Democrats 24.9% (44), the Danish People's Party 12.3% (22), the Social Liberals 9.5% (17), the Socialist People's Party 9.2% (16), the Unity List 6.7% (12), the Liberal Alliance 5% (9), and the Conservative People's Party 4.9% (8); turnout is 87.7%. From Greenland are elected 1 for Inuit Ataqatigiit and 1 for Siumut, and from the Faeroe Islands, 1 for the Social Democratic Party and 1 for the Union Party. The Social Democrat-led "Red bloc" will together have 92 of the 179 seats. On September 16 Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen resigns and Helle Thorning-Schmidt is asked to form a government.
Nepal: Sharat Singh Bhandari is sworn in as defense minister.


Mexico: Eruviel Ávila Villegas takes office as governor of México.


Latvia: In parliamentary elections, the Harmony Centre wins 28.4% of the vote (31 of 100 seats), Zatlers' Reform Party 20.8% (22), Unity 18.8% (20), the National Alliance 13.9% (14), and the Union of Greens and Farmers 12.2% (13). Turnout is 59.5%.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Chaco, incumbent Jorge Capitanich (Frente Chaco Merece Más, led by Justicialist Party) wins 66.8% of the vote and Roy Nikisch (Alianza Frente de Todos, led by Radical Civic Union) 30.6%.
Germany: In state elections in Berlin, the Social Democratic Party wins 28.3% of the vote (48 of 152 seats), the Christian Democratic Union 23.4% (39), the Greens 17.6% (30), the Left 11.7% (20), the Pirate Party 8.9% (15), the National Democratic Party 2.1% (0), and the Free Democratic Party 1.8% (0). Turnout is 60.2%.


Belize: Former first minister (1961-64), premier (1964-81), and prime minister (1981-84, 1989-93) George Cadle Price dies.
Guinea-Bissau: The new cabinet (see August 27) takes office.
Mexico: Roberto Sandoval Castañeda takes office as governor of Nayarit.


Afghanistan: Former president (1992-96, 2001) Burhanuddin Rabbani is killed in a suicide attack.
Bonaire: Administrator Glenn Thodé resigns.
Slovenia: Prime Minister Borut Pahor's government is defeated in a confidence vote (51-36).



Zambia: In presidential elections, Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front (PF) wins about 43% of the vote, incumbent Rupiah Banda of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) about 36%, and Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) about 18%. In parliamentary elections, the PF wins 60 of 150 elected seats, the MMD 55, and the UPND 28; 8 members are appointed by the president, for a total of 158. Sata is sworn in on September 23. On September 29 he announces his cabinet (sworn in September 30) with Guy Scott as vice president, Chishimba Kambwili as foreign minister, Geoffrey Mwamba as defense minister, Alexander Chikwanda as finance minister, and Kennedy Sakeni as home affairs minister.


Cape Verde: Former president (1975-91) Aristides Pereira dies.


Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev shifts his authority to First Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov to run for president.
Saint Helena: Governor Andrew Gurr departs. On September 24 Attorney General Ken Baddon is sworn in as acting governor.


United Arab Emirates: In parliamentary elections (turnout 27.8%), 20 members are elected directly by the population; 20 other members will be appointed by the rulers of the emirates.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Río Negro, Carlos Soria (Frente para la Victoria) wins about 49% of the vote and César Barbeito (Concertación para el Desarrollo) about 36%.
Jamaica: Prime Minister Bruce Golding announces his resignation, effective in November.


Bolivia: Defense Minister María Cecilia Chacón resigns. On September 27 Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti Soliz does the same, and the same day Rubén Saavedra and Wilfredo Chávez are sworn in as defense and interior minister, respectively.

Georgia: Aleksandr Ankvab is inaugurated as president of Abkhazia. On September 27 he appoints Leonid Lakerbaya as prime minister.

Jersey: Sir John McColl is sworn in as lieutenant governor.
Russia: Finance Minister Aleksey Kudrin resigns. On September 27 Anton Siluanov is named as acting finance minister.


Montserrat: Chief Minister Reuben Meade is sworn in as premier under a new constitution.
Nicaragua: Former member of the National Government Junta (1972-73) Fernando Agüero Rocha dies.


United States: Former Florida governor (1967-71) Claude R. Kirk, Jr., dies.


Isle of Man: In parliamentary elections, independents win 21 of 24 seats and the Liberal Vannin Party 3.