November 2013


The Gambia: Aboubacar Senghore is appointed foreign minister.
Mexico: Francisco Vega de Lamadrid takes office as governor of Baja California.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Former chairman of the Executive Council (1974-82) and president of the Presidency (1983-85) Milanko Renovica (also president of the Presidium of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia, 1986-87) dies.


Canada: In mayoral elections in Montreal, Denis Coderre is elected with 32.1% of the vote, defeating Mélanie Joly (26.5%), Richard Bergeron (25.5%), and Marcel Côté (12.8%); turnout is 43.3%. In Québec, incumbent Régis Labeaume wins 74.1% of the vote and David Lemelin 24%; turnout is 54.9%. Coderre is sworn in on November 14.


Cook Islands: In a cabinet reshuffle, Nandi Glassie is appointed internal affairs minister.

Curaçao: Lucille George-Wout is sworn in as governor.

Swaziland: The new cabinet is sworn in with Mgwagwa Gamedze as foreign minister, Martin Dlamini as finance minister, and Princess Tsandzile as home affairs minister.


United States: In gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, incumbent Chris Christie (Republican) defeats Barbara Buono (Democrat), 60%-38%. In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe (Dem.) defeats Ken Cuccinelli (Rep.), 48%-45%. Results of mayoral elections:


Kazakhstan: Bakhyt Sultanov is appointed finance minister.
Tajikistan: In presidential elections, incumbent Emomali Rakhmon wins 83.1% of the vote. Turnout is 86.6%.


Falkland Islands: In parliamentary elections, 8 nonpartisan members are elected.



Maldives: In the first round of presidential elections, Mohamed Nasheed (Maldivian Democratic Party) wins 46.9% of the vote, Abdulla Yameen (Progressive Party of Maldives) 29.7%, and Qasim Ibrahim (Jumhooree Party) 23.3%. Turnout is 87.2%. The runoff, planned for only one day later (November 10), is postponed to November 16 by a Supreme Court ruling. The term of the current president, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, ends November 11 but late on November 10 he declares he will remain in power until the runoff. On November 16 Yameen wins 51.4% of the vote and Nasheed 48.6%. Yameen is sworn in on November 17, with Mohamed Jameel Ahmed as vice president. The same day Dunya Maumoon is named foreign minister, while Mohamed Nazim is retained as defense minister and Abdulla Jihad as finance minister. On November 19 Umar Naseer is appointed home affairs minister.
Slovakia: In regional elections, Jaroslav Baska is elected governor of Trenciansky kraj, while Juraj Blanár is reelected as governor of Zilinský kraj and Peter Chudík as governor of Presovský kraj. In the other 5 regions no candidate wins a majority, so that runoffs are held on November 23. As a result, Pavol Freso is reelected in Bratislavský kraj, Milan Belica in Nitriansky kraj, Tibor Mikus in Trnavský kraj, and Zdenko Trebula in Kosický kraj, while Marian Kotleba defeats the incumbent governor in Banskobystrický kraj.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Hiroshima, incumbent Hidehiko Yuzaki wins 88.8% of the vote and Osamu Onishi 11.2%. Turnout is 32%.


Greece: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his cabinet survive a no-confidence motion in parliament, which is defeated 153-124.
Israel: Avigdor Lieberman is sworn in as foreign minister.


Indonesia: The governor of Riau, Rusli Zainal, is suspended by presidential decree and Deputy Governor Mambang Mit becomes acting governor. At the end of Zainal's term, November 21, Djohermansyah Djohan is sworn in as acting governor. On November 27, the second round of the gubernatorial election is held, Annas Maamun winning 60.9% of the vote and Herman Abdullah 39.1%; turnout is 55.5%.
Pitcairn Island: Shawn Christian is elected mayor.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Tulsa, incumbent Dewey Bartlett (Republican) wins 55.7% of the vote and Kathy Taylor (Democrat) 44.3%.


Gibraltar: Governor Sir Adrian Johns departs. Deputy Governor Alison MacMillan becomes acting governor.


Canada: Peter Taptuna is elected premier of Nunavut (sworn in November 19).
Cyprus: Former president (1993-2003) Glafkos Kliridis dies.
Peru: Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza resigns. On November 19 Walter Albán Peralta is sworn in as interior minister.
Slovenia: The government of Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek wins a confidence vote in parliament (50-31).


Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Anambra, Willie Obiano (All Progressives Grand Alliance) wins 42.3% of the vote, Tony Nwoye (People's Democratic Party) 23%, and Chris Ngige (All Progressives Congress) 22.3%. However, no winner is declared before a supplementary election will have been held in several areas where the election was cancelled. The supplementary election is held November 30 and also won by Obiano, other parties boycotting the poll and calling for a total cancellation of the November 16 election.


Chile: In the first round of presidential elections, Michelle Bachelet wins 46.7% of the vote, Evelyn Matthei 25%, Marco Enríquez-Ominami 11%, and Franco Parisi 10.1%. A runoff is to be held December 15.


Georgia: Giorgi Margvelashvili is sworn in as president. On November 20 parliament approves (93-19) a new government with Irakli Garibashvili as prime minister and Aleksandre Chikaidze as interior minister, the rest of the cabinet being unchanged.


Argentina: President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner appoints the governor of Chaco, Jorge Capitanich, as cabinet chief and Axel Kicillof as economy minister. They take office November 20. Vice Governor Juan Carlos Bacileff Ivanoff becomes acting governor of Chaco.
Italy: In presidential elections in Basilicata held November 17 and 18, Marcello Pittella (centre-left) wins 59.6% of the vote, Salvatore Di Maggio (centre-right) 19.4%, and Piernicola Pedicini (Five Star Movement) 13.2%. Turnout is 47.6%.


India: In parliamentary elections in Chhattisgarh held November 11 and 19, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 49 of 90 seats and the Indian National Congress 39.
Tajikistan: Shodikhon Jamshedov is appointed chairman of Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous province.
United States: In mayoral elections in San Diego, Kevin Faulconer wins 43.4% of the vote, David Alvarez 25.6%, and Nathan Fletcher 24.3%. A runoff will be held in early 2014.


Poland: In a government reshuffle, Mateusz Szczurek is appointed finance minister. He takes office November 27.
Tajikistan: Sherali Mirzo is appointed defense minister.


Bangladesh: In a cabinet reshuffle, Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali becomes foreign minister, while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed takes over the home portfolio.

Chad: Prime Minister Djimrangar Dadnadji resigns. President Idriss Déby Itno names Kalzeubé Pahimi Deubet as new prime minister. On November 25 the new government is announced with Mahamat Yaya Oki Dagache as interior minister, other key portfolios being unchanged.
Czech Republic: President Milos Zeman asks Bohuslav Sobotka to form a government.
South Africa: Former administrator of Natal (1961-70) Theo Gerdener dies.


Suriname: Steven Relyveld is named finance minister.


Mauritania: In the first round of parliamentary elections (turnout about 75%), the ruling Union for the Republic wins 56 seats, Tewassoul 12, three other opposition parties 19, and 14 parties associated with the ruling party 34. The remaining 26 of the 147 seats are to be allocated in the second round on December 21.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Krasnodar kray (1997-2001) Nikolay Kondratenko dies.


Tajikistan: President Emomali Rakhmon dismisses Prime Minister Akil Akilov and names Kokhir Rasulzoda in his place. On November 29 Sirojiddin Aslov is appointed foreign minister and Abdusalom Kurbonov finance minister.


Honduras: In presidential elections, Juan Orlando Hernández (National Party) wins 36.8% of the vote, Xiomara Castro (Liberty and Refoundation) 28.8%, Mauricio Villeda (Liberal Party) 20.3%, and Salvador Nasralla (Anti-Corruption Party) 13.5%.


India: In parliamentary elections in Madhya Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 165 of 230 seats and the Indian National Congress 58. In Mizoram, the Indian National Congress wins 33 of 40 seats and the Mizo National Front 5.


The Netherlands: Former queen's commissioner of Drenthe (1974-82) Tineke Schilthuis dies.


Latvia: Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis resigns.
Pakistan: Khawaja Asif is named defense minister.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of Quebec (1996-97) Jean-Louis Roux dies.
Serbia: Former premier (1969-71) and president of the Presidium of the League of Communists (1982-83) of Yugoslavia Mitja Ribicic dies.
Thailand: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survives a no-confidence motion in parliament, which is rejected 297-134.


Bonaire: Administrator Lydia Emerencia resigns after the Island Council passed a vote of no confidence in her on November 26.