January 2013


Bolivia: Former foreign minister (1970, 1985) Edgar Camacho Omiste dies.
Mexico: Arturo Núñez Jiménez takes office as governor of Tabasco.

Switzerland: Ueli Maurer takes office as president. Anne-Claude Demierre becomes president of the Council of State of Fribourg, Hansjörg Trachsel president of the government of Graubünden, Michel Probst president of the government of Jura, Guido Graf president of the government of Luzern, Rosmarie Widmer Gysel president of the government of Schaffhausen, Esther Gassler Landammann of Solothurn, and Beat Villiger Landammann of Zug.
United States: Charlie Hales takes office as mayor of Portland.


Burkina Faso: Prime Minister Luc Adolphe Tiao's new government is announced, the main portfolios being unchanged.

Curaçao: Prime Minister Daniel Hodge's cabinet is sworn in. José M.N. Jardim remains finance minister.
Puerto Rico: Alejandro García Padilla takes office as governor.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Sir Edmund Lawrence takes office as governor-general.
United States: Kirk Caldwell is sworn in as mayor of Honolulu.


American Samoa: Lolo Matalasi Moliga takes office as governor.

United States: Maggie Hassan is inaugurated as governor of New Hampshire.


Serbia: Former prime minister of Yugoslavia (2000-01) Zoran Zizic dies.
Sierra Leone: Joseph B. Dauda is named internal affairs minister.


Egypt: In a cabinet reshuffle, Mohamed Ibrahim is named interior minister and al-Morsy Hegazy finance minister. They are sworn in on January 6.
United States: Pat McCrory takes office as governor of North Carolina.


France: Alain Le Vern is reelected president of the Regional Council of Haute-Normandie.

Guatemala: Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros resigns and Fernando Carrera is named as his successor, effective January 14.
Libya: Prime Minister Ali Zidan appoints Mohamed Abdulaziz as foreign minister.
United States: President Barack Obama nominates Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and John Brennan as CIA director.
United States: Steve Bullock is sworn in as governor of Montana.


India: Arjun Munda resigns as chief minister of Jharkhand. The state is put under president's rule on January 18.


Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Le Luong Minh of Vietnam takes office as secretary-general.
Switzerland: Former president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel (1985-86, 1989-90) Jean Cavadini dies.
United States: Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announces her resignation. She leaves office January 22. On January 24 Seth Harris is named acting secretary.


Japan: The governor of Yamagata, Mieko Yoshimura, secures another term as she is the only one who filed a candidacy for the January 27 election.
Mauritania: Former interim president (2009) Ba Mamadou dit M'Baré dies.
San Marino: Former captain-regent (1957, 1980) Primo Marani dies.
United States: President Barack Obama nominates Jack Lew as treasury secretary.


Bolivia: Former foreign minister (1981) Mario Rolón Anaya dies.

Ghana: Hanna Tetteh is nominated foreign minister and Seth Terkper finance minister. They are approved by parliament on January 29 and sworn in on January 30. Meanwhile, on January 20, Kwesi Ahwoi is nominated as interior minister and Mark Woyongo as defense minister.
Vietnam: Former president (1964, 1964) and prime minister (1964, 1964) of South Vietnam Nguyen Khanh dies.


Central African Republic: President François Bozizé dismisses Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadéra. On January 17 Nicolas Tiangaye is appointed prime minister.
Czech Republic: In the first direct presidential elections, held January 11-12, Milos Zeman (Party of Citizens' Rights) wins 24.2% of the vote, Karel Schwarzenberg (Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09) 23.4%, Jan Fischer (independent) 16.4%, Jirí Dienstbier (Czech Social Democratic Party) 16.1%, and Vladimír Franz (independent) 6.8%; turnout is 61.3%. A runoff is held on January 25-26, Zeman winning 54.8% and Schwarzenberg 45.2%; turnout is 59.1%. Zeman is to be sworn in on March 8.


Pakistan: The chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani, is removed from office and the province is placed under governor's rule, effective January 14.


Kosovo: Finance Minister Bedri Hamza offers his resignation.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin appoints incumbent Viktor Zimin, whose regular term expires this day, as acting head of the republic of Khakassia.
United States: Mike Pence is sworn in as governor of Indiana.


Canada: Former commissioner of the Northwest Territories (1953-63) Robert Gordon Robertson dies.

Venezuela: Elías Jaua is appointed foreign minister.


Germany: Malu Dreyer is elected minister-president of Rheinland-Pfalz (60-40).
United States: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announces his intention to resign in March.
United States: Jay Inslee is sworn in as governor of Washington.


Czech Republic: Prime Minister Petr Necas survives a parliamentary no-confidence vote, which is defeated 97-92.
Palau: Tommy Remengesau is inaugurated as president. On January 23 he nominates Secilil Eldebechel as finance minister.


Japan: Former governor of Osaka (1979-91) Sakae Kishi dies.


Germany: In state elections in Niedersachsen, the Christian Democratic Union wins 36% of the vote (54 of 137 seats), the Social Democratic Party 32.6% (49), the Greens 13.7% (20), the Free Democratic Party 9.9% (14), the Left 3.1% (0), and the Pirate Party 2.1% (0). Turnout is 59.4%.


Chad: Prime Minister Emmanuel Nadingar resigns. Djimrangar Dadnadji is named as new prime minister. The government is named on January 26, with Atteib Habib Doutoum as finance minister.
Trinidad and Tobago: In parliamentary elections in the autonomous island of Tobago, the People's National Movement wins about 61% of the vote and all 12 seats, while the Tobago Organization of the People wins about 37%.
World Bank: Former president (1981-86) A.W. Clausen dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): Jacques Mbadu, Jean Bamanisa, and Alex Kande Mupompa are invested by presidential ordinance as governors of Bas-Congo, Orientale, and Kasaï Occidental respectively. Mbadu takes office on January 28.
Haiti: David Bazile is named interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Sulawesi Selatan, incumbent Syahrul Yasin Limpo wins 52.4% of the vote, Ilham Arief Sirajuddin 41.6%, and Andi Rudiyanto Asapa 6%. Turnout is about 69%.
Israel: In parliamentary elections, Likud-Beiteinu wins 23.3% of the vote (31 of 120 seats), Yesh Atid 14.3% (19), Labour 11.4% (15), Bayit Yehudi 9.1% (12), Shas 8.7% (11), United Torah Judaism 5.2% (7), Hatnuah 5% (6), Meretz 4.5% (6), United Arab List 3.6% (4), Hadash 3% (4), Balad 2.6% (3), and Kadima 2.1% (2). Turnout is 67.8%.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: In elections to the island assembly of Nevis, the Concerned Citizens Movement wins 3 of 5 seats and the Nevis Reformation Party 2. On January 23 Vance Amory is appointed and sworn in as premier.


Guadeloupe: Marcelle Pierrot is appointed as prefect.
Jordan: In parliamentary elections, tribal leaders, pro-government candidates, and independents reportedly win 90% of the 150 seats. Turnout is 56.7%.
New Caledonia: Jean-Jacques Brot is appointed as high commissioner.


South Korea: President-elect Park Geun Hye nominates Kim Yong Joon as prime minister. However, Kim withdraws his name on January 29.
Slovenia: Finance Minister Janez Sustersic resigns.
Turkey: Muammer Güler is named interior minister in a cabinet reshuffle.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of Quebec (1990-96) Martial Asselin dies.
United States: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's resignation becomes effective. Neal Wolin becomes acting secretary from January 26.


World Health Organization: Former director-general (1988-98) Hiroshi Nakajima dies.


African Union: Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn takes office as chairman.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Gifu, incumbent Hajime Furuta wins 85% of the vote and Masanori Suzuki 15%; turnout is 33.9%.
Moldova: Former first secretary of the Communist Party of the Moldavian S.S.R. (1961-80) Ivan Bodyul dies.


China: Wang Anshun is elected mayor of Beijing.
The Netherlands: Queen Beatrix announces her abdication effective April 30.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the president of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, and appoints Ramazan Abdulatipov as acting president. On January 30 Abdulatipov nominates Mukhtar Medzhidov as prime minister, who on January 31 is confirmed by the local parliament and formally appointed.


China: Losang Gyaltsen is elected chairman of the government of Xizang.
Indonesia: In gubernatorial elections in Papua, Lukas Enembe wins 51.7% of the vote, Habel Melkias Suwae 17.9%, and Menase Robert Kambu 13%.
United States: The Senate confirms John Kerry as secretary of state (94-3).
United States: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces his resignation.


China: Chen Miner is elected governor of Guizhou.
France: Former president of the Regional Council of Auvergne (1974-77) Jean Morellon dies.
Mayotte: Jacques Witkowski is named prefect.


Saint Kitts and Nevis: Foreign Minister Sam Condor resigns.
Taiwan: Jiang Yi-huah is designated premier.