May 2021


Peru: Former foreign minister (2011-13) Rafael Roncagliolo dies.
Somalia: Parliament votes (140-0) to nullify the April 12 extension of the term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and to give Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble the mandate to organize indirect parliamentary elections based on an agreement of Sept. 17, 2020 (which had been cancelled by the April 12 decision).
Switzerland: Frédéric Favre becomes president of the Council of State of Valais and Jacqueline Fehr president of the government of Zürich.
United States: In mayoral elections in San Antonio, incumbent Ron Nirenberg wins 61.9% of the vote and Greg Brockhouse 31.5%.


Chad: The new transitional government is named including Chérif Mahamat Zène as foreign minister and Daoud Yaya Brahim as minister-delegate for defense, with Souleyman Abakar Adoum remaining in place as public security minister and Tahir Hamid Nguilin as finance minister.
Puerto Rico: Former governor (1977-85) Carlos Romero Barceló dies.


Armenia: Parliament rejects (3-1 with 75 abstentions) the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan for prime minister. It does so again on May 10 (1-1 with 76 abstentions), triggering its dissolution; new elections are to be held on June 20.
Canada: Former premier of Nova Scotia (1991-93) Donald Cameron dies.
Colombia: Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigns. He is to be succeeded by José Manuel Restrepo.
India: The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, resigns. Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin is sworn in as chief minister on May 7.
India: N. Rangasamy is designated chief minister of Puducherry (sworn in May 7).
India: Former lieutenant governor of Delhi (1980-81, 1982-84) and Goa, Daman and Diu (1981-82) and governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1984-89, 1990) Jagmohan dies.


Cameroon: Former prime minister (1992-96) Simon Achidi Achu dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): President Félix Tshisekedi appoints Johnny Luboya Nkashama as governor of Nord-Kivu and Constant Ndima Kongba as governor of Ituri after declaring a state of siege in the two provinces effective 30 days from May 6.
Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unable to form a government, returns the mandate to President Reuven Rivlin. On May 5 Rivlin gives the mandate to Yair Lapid.
Samoa: Head of State Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II declares the April 9 parliamentary elections void and calls for new elections to be held on May 21.
Slovakia: Prime Minister Eduard Heger's government wins a confidence vote in parliament (89-55).
Spain: In regional elections in Madrid, the Popular Party wins 45.0% of the vote (65 of 136 seats), More Madrid 17.1% (24), the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 16.9% (24), Vox 9.2% (13), Unidas Podemos-United Left 7.2% (10), and Ciudadanos 3.6% (0). Turnout is 76.2%.
United States: In mayoral open primaries in Cincinnati, Aftab Pureval wins 39.1% of the vote, David Mann 29.1%, and Cecil Thomas 16.4%. Turnout is 15.3%. Pureval and Mann will contest the election on November 2.


Bulgaria: After Korneliya Ninova immediately returned a mandate to form a government, President Rumen Radev announces that new elections will be held on July 11.
Congo (Brazzaville): The government of Prime Minister Clément Mouamba resigns.
Ecuador: President-elect Guillermo Lasso names Simón Cueva as finance minister. On May 7 he names Fernando Donoso as defense minister.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Tanganyika adopts (13-0) a no-confidence motion against Governor Zoé Kabila.
Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Ulukbek Maripov is appointed under a new constitution as chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers. The cabinet is unchanged in key positions.
Qatar: Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi is relieved from office and the commerce and industry minister, Ali ibn Ahmed al-Kuwari, is given additional charge of finance.
United Kingdom: In parliamentary elections in Scotland, the Scottish National Party wins 40.3% of the vote (64 of 129 seats), the Conservative Party 23.5% (31), the Labour Party 17.9% (22), the Green Party 8.1% (8), and the Liberal Democrats 5.1% (4); turnout is about 63%. In Wales, the Labour Party wins 36.2% of the vote (30 of 60 seats), the Conservative Party 25.1% (16), Plaid Cymru 20.7% (13), the Green Party 4.4% (0), and the Liberal Democrats 4.3% (1); turnout is 46.6%.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Sud-Kivu rejects (24-20) a no-confidence motion against Governor Théo Ngwabidje Kasi.
Somalia: Former foreign minister (2004-06) Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail dies.


Chile: Former foreign minister (1983) Miguel Alex Schweitzer Walters dies.
South Korea: Former prime minister (2000-02) Lee Han Dong dies.
South Sudan: President Salva Kiir dissolves parliament. On May 10 he announces the composition of a new parliament with 332 members chosen by him, 128 members chosen by the first vice president, Riek Machar, and 90 members chosen by the other signatory parties of the Sept. 12, 2018, peace accord.
United States: Former governor of Delaware (1977-85) Pierre S. du Pont IV dies.


Argentina: Former governor of Santa Fe (2015-19) Miguel Lifschitz dies.
Colombia: Foreign Minister Claudia Blum resigns.
India: Himanta Biswa Sarma is designated chief minister of Assam (sworn in May 10).
Switzerland: Roland Dähler is elected Regierender Landammann of Appenzell Innerrhoden.


Nepal: Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli loses a confidence vote in parliament (93 votes in favour, 124 against; 136 in favour needed).