September 2019


Brazil: Former governor of São Paulo (2010-11) Alberto Goldman dies.
Germany: In state elections in Brandenburg, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins 26.2% of the vote (25 of 88 seats), the Alternative for Germany (AfD) 23.5% (23), the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 15.6% (15), the Greens 10.8% (10), the Left 10.7% (10), the United Citizens' Movements/Free Voters 5.0% (5), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 4.1% (0); turnout is 61.3%. In Sachsen, the CDU wins 32.1% of the vote (45 of 119 seats), the AfD 27.5% (38), the Left 10.4% (14), the Greens 8.6% (12), the SPD 7.7% (10), and the FDP 4.5% (0); turnout is 66.6%.



India: Kalraj Mishra is appointed as governor of Rajasthan (sworn in September 9), Bhagat Singh Koshiyari as governor of Maharashtra (sworn in September 5), Bandaru Dattatreya as governor of Himachal Pradesh (sworn in September 11), Arif Mohammad Khan as governor of Kerala (sworn in September 6), and Tamilisai Soundararajan as governor of Telangana (sworn in September 8).
Jamaica: Former foreign minister (2007-12) Kenneth Baugh dies.


Georgia: Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze resigns. On September 3 the ruling Georgian Dream party nominates Giorgi Gakharia for the post. A new cabinet is nominated including Irakli Garibashvili as defense minister and Vakhtang Gomelauri as interior minister, with Davit Zalkaliani to remain as foreign minister and Ivane Machavariani as finance minister. Parliament approves the new government (98-0, opposition boycotting) on September 8.
Yemen: Sharaf al-Din Ali Hussein al-Kahlani is named finance minister (sworn in September 3).


Guadeloupe: Former prefect (1982-84) Robert Miguet dies.
Haiti: The Chamber of Deputies approves the government of prime minister-designate Fritz William Michel (76-0).

The Sudan: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chooses members of his cabinet including Asmaa Abdallah as foreign minister, Gen. Jamal al-Din Omar as defense minister, and Ibrahim Elbadawi as finance minister. The full cabinet announced on September 5 also includes Idriss al-Traifi as interior minister. The ministers are sworn in on September 8.


Côte d'Ivoire: In a cabinet reshuffle, Adama Coulibaly is named finance minister, Gen. Vagondo Diomandé security minister, and Sidiki Diakité minister of territorial administration.

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Italy: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's new government is named (sworn in September 5) including Luigi Di Maio as foreign minister, Lorenzo Guerini as defense minister, Luciana Lamorgese as interior minister, and Roberto Gualtieri as economy minister. The government wins confidence votes in the lower house (343-263) on September 9 and in the Senate (169-133) on September 10.


Canada: Brenda Murphy is appointed as lieutenant governor of New Brunswick (sworn in September 8).



Congo (Kinshasa): Parliament endorses (375-0) the government program of Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, who takes office as prime minister on September 7. Marie Tumba Nzeza takes office as foreign minister on September 9.
Fiji: Parliament rejects (27-23) a motion to suspend Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for two years.

Sweden: Foreign Minister Margot Wallström resigns. On September 10 Ann Linde is named foreign minister.
Zimbabwe: Former prime minister (1980-87) and president (1987-2017) Robert Mugabe dies.


Mauritania: Parliament endorses (128-19) the government program of Prime Minister Ismail Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Amur oblast (1997-2001) Anatoly Belonogov dies.


Georgia: In the presidential runoff in Abkhazia, incumbent Raul Khadjimba wins 50.6% of the vote and Alkhas Kvitsinia 49.4%. Turnout is over 65%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Iwate, incumbent Takuya Tasso wins 72.1% of the vote and Atsushi Oikawa 27.9%. Turnout is 53.5%.

Russia: The parliament of Ingushetia elects (27 of 31 votes) acting incumbent Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov as head of the republic; on September 12 the legislature approves Konstantin Surikov as prime minister (27-1). Results of popular elections for regional heads, all winners being the (acting) incumbents: Limarenko takes office on September 12, Artamonov on September 13, Starovoyt on September 16, Babushkin on September 17, Beglov, Pasler, and Shumkov on September 18, Khabirov and Osipov on September 19, Teksler on September 20, Khasikov on September 21, and Chibis on September 27.


Portugal: Former foreign minister (1981-82) André Gonçalves Pereira dies.


Tuvalu: In parliamentary elections, 16 nonpartisan members are elected, including Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso and Finance Minister Maatia Toafa lose their seats. On September 19 Kausea Natano is elected prime minister, defeating Sopoaga 10-6. The new government includes Simon Kofe as foreign minister, Katepu Laoi as home affairs minister, and Seve Paeniu as finance minister.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Manitoba, the Progressive Conservative Party wins 47.1% of the vote (36 of 57 seats), the New Democratic Party 31.4% (18), the Liberal Party 14.5% (3), and the Green Party 6.4% (0). Turnout is 55.4%.


Indonesia: Former president (1998-99) B.J. Habibie dies.

Japan: In a cabinet reshuffle, Toshimitsu Motegi is appointed as foreign minister, Taro Kono as defense minister, and Sanae Takaichi as internal affairs minister.
Romania: Prime Minister Viorica Dancila nominates Dan Chirila as interior minister. On September 12 President Klaus Johannis refuses to appoint him.


Belgium: Elio Di Rupo is designated as minister-president of Wallonia (sworn in September 13) and Pierre-Yves Jeholet as minister-president of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (sworn in September 17).
Tonga: Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva dies. Semisi Sika is acting prime minister. On September 27, parliament elects Finance Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa as prime minister; he defeats Sika 15-8. He forms a cabinet with himself as foreign minister and Tevita Lavemaau as finance minister.
United States: Kelly Craft takes office as UN ambassador.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Nashville, John Cooper wins 69.1% of the vote and incumbent David Briley 30.2%. Turnout is 20.8%. Cooper is sworn in on September 28.



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Faeroe Islands: A new government is agreed on with Bárdur á Steig Nielsen to be prime minister, Jenis av Rana foreign minister, and Jørgen Niclasen finance minister. The government takes office September 16.


Chad: Former president of the Transitional Government of National Union (1979) Lol Mahamat Choua dies.
Tunisia: In the first round of presidential elections, Kaïs Saïed (independent) wins 18.4% of the vote, Nabil Karoui (Heart of Tunisia) 15.6%, Abdelfattah Mourou (Ennahda) 12.9%, Abdelkrim Zbidi (independent) 10.7%, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (Long Live Tunisia) 7.4%, Safi Saïd (independent) 7.1%, and Lotfi Mraihi (Republican People's Union) 6.6%. Turnout is 45.0%. The date for the runoff is subsequently announced as October 13.


China: Former governor of Guangdong (1985-91) Ye Xuanping dies.
Israel: In parliamentary elections, Blue and White wins 25.9% of the vote (33 of 120 seats), Likud 25.1% (32), the Joint List 10.6% (13), Shas 7.4% (9), Yisrael Beiteinu 7.0% (8), United Torah Judaism 6.1% (7), Yamina 5.9% (7), Labor-Gesher 4.8% (6), and the Democratic Union 4.3% (5). Turnout is 69.7%. On September 25 President Reuven Rivlin asks Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government.
Slovakia: Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini survives a no-confidence vote, which is defeated 66-62.


Kazakhstan: Mukhtar Tleuberdi is appointed foreign minister.
Marshall Islands: Former president (1997-2000) Imata Kabua dies.


Tunisia: Former prime minister (1987) and president (1987-2011) Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dies.
Yemen: President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi appoints Muhammad al-Hadhrami as foreign minister and Salem Bin Breik as finance minister.


Indonesia: Former governor of Irian Jaya Barat/Papua Barat (2003-05, 2006-11, 2012-17) Abraham O. Atururi dies.
Niger: In a cabinet reshuffle, Issoufou Katambe is appointed as defense minister.
Poland: Jerzy Kwiecinski is appointed finance minister.
Taiwan: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu offers to resign but President Tsai Ing-wen asks him to remain in his post.


Papua New Guinea: Former premier (1996-98) and acting governor (2005) of Bougainville Gerard Sinato dies.
Portugal: In parliamentary elections in Madeira, the Social Democratic Party wins 40.3% of the vote (21 of 47 seats), the Socialist Party 36.6% (19), the People's Party 5.9% (3), and Together for the People 5.6% (3). Turnout is 55.5%.


Sint Maarten: The government of Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin resigns. On September 25 parliament passes a motion of no confidence against Romeo-Marlin, Finance Minister Perry Geerlings, and other ministers, with an instruction for Romeo-Marlin to be removed from office immediately. On September 30 Governor Eugene Holiday names Silveria Jacobs as formateur of an interim government.


Haiti: Pierre Josué Agénor Cadet is appointed as acting interior minister; he takes office on September 25. On September 27 the environment minister, Joseph Jouthe, is appointed as acting finance minister; he takes office September 30.
Monaco: Laurent Anselmi is appointed foreign minister, effective October 21.


International Monetary Fund: Kristalina Georgieva is named managing director, to take office October 1.


Czech Republic: The Chamber of Deputies rejects a motion to file charges against President Milos Zeman at the Constitutional Court for alleged violations of the constitution (58 votes in favour of the motion; 120 required).
France: Former prime minister (1974-76, 1986-88) and president (1995-2007) Jacques Chirac dies.
Saint Helena: In parliamentary elections in Ascension, 5 nonpartisan members are elected. Turnout is 29.0%.
United States: The Senate confirms Eugene Scalia as secretary of labor (53-44). He is sworn in on September 30.


Afghanistan: In presidential elections, incumbent Ashraf Ghani wins 50.6% of the vote and Abdullah Abdullah 39.5%.
Malaysia: Former sultan of Kelantan (1979-2010) Ismail Petra ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra dies.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Mendoza, Rodolfo Suárez (Frente Cambia Mendoza) wins 51.6% of the vote and Anabel Fernández Sagasti (Elegí Frente Político y Social) 36.2%. Turnout is 79.0%.
Austria: In parliamentary elections, the Austrian People's Party wins 37.5% of the vote (71 of 183 seats), the Social Democratic Party 21.2% (40), the Freedom Party 16.2% (31), the Greens 13.9% (26), and New Austria 8.1% (15). Turnout is 75.6%.
Ukraine: Former president of Crimea (1994-95) Yuriy Meshkov dies.


China: Former acting governor of Hong Kong (1986-87) Sir David Akers-Jones dies.

Peru: President Martín Vizcarra dissolves Congress and appoints Vicente Zeballos as prime minister (sworn in the same day). Opposition lawmakers, disputing the constitutionality of the dissolution, vote (86-0) to suspend Vizcarra for 12 months and swear in Vice President Mercedes Aráoz as acting president. Vizcarra, however, retains the support of the military. Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio and Finance Minister Carlos Oliva resign.