June 2021


Azerbaijan: Artak Beglaryan is appointed minister of state of Artsakh.

Mali: Transitional President Assimi Goita names Choguel Maïga as interim prime minister. On June 7 Goita is sworn in and formally appoints Maïga. On June 11 the cabinet is announced with Abdoulaye Diop as foreign minister, Col. Sadio Camara as defense minister, Col.Maj. Daoud Aly Mohammedine as security minister, and Alousseni Sanou as finance minister.
Switzerland: Dölf Biasotto becomes Landammann of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Serge Dal Busco president of the Council of State of Genève, Marc Mächler president of the government of Sankt Gallen, and Monika Knill-Kradolfer president of the government of Thurgau.


Cook Islands: In a cabinet reshuffle, Rose Toki-Brown becomes internal affairs minister.
Israel: Isaac Herzog is elected president, defeating Miriam Peretz in the Knesset vote 87-26.


Israel: Yair Lapid informs President Reuven Rivlin that he has formed a government, with Naftali Bennett to be the first prime minister, later to be succeeded by Lapid. The cabinet, as completed on June 12, includes Lapid as foreign minister, Ayelet Shaked as interior minister, and Avigdor Lieberman as finance minister; Benny Gantz remains defense minister. On June 13 the government is approved by the Knesset (60-59) and sworn in.
Latvia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Marija Golubeva is named interior minister. She is confirmed in parliament (54-35) on June 3.
United States: Former labor secretary (1981-85) Raymond J. Donovan dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): The deputy governor of Tanganyika, Samba Kayabala Moni, is appointed as acting governor.
Czech Republic: The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (89 votes for the motion, 82 against; 101 required).
Mauritius: Former prime minister (1982-95, 2000-03, 2014-17) and president (2003-12) Sir Anerood Jugnauth dies.


China: Lan Foan is appointed acting governor of Shanxi. He is elected governor on June 25.
Congo (Kinshasa): Parliament approves a 15-days extension (beginning on June 6) of the state of siege declared (from May 6) in the provinces of Nord-Kivu and Ituri. On June 21 it approves another 15-days extension (beginning June 21).
Congo (Kinshasa): The deputy governor of Lomami, Édouard Mulumba Mudiandambu, is appointed as acting governor.
Lesotho: Halebonoe Setsabi is sworn in as defense minister.

Nepal: In a cabinet reshuffle, Raghubir Mahaseth is appointed as foreign minister. In another on June 10, Khagraj Adhikari is named home affairs minister. On June 22 the Supreme Court rules that a caretaker prime minister cannot reshuffle the cabinet after declaring elections, and relieves the new ministers from their posts. On June 24 Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli reassigns portfolios in his five-member rump cabinet, keeping foreign affairs to himself while Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel is also given home affairs.
United States: Former governor of Alabama (1959-63) John Patterson dies.


Argentina: Former governor of Tucumán (1999-2003) Julio Miranda dies.
Germany: In state elections in Sachsen-Anhalt, the Christian Democratic Union wins 37.1% of the vote (40 of 97 seats), the Alternative for Germany 20.8% (23), the Left 11.0% (12), the Social Democratic Party 8.4% (9), the Free Democratic Party 6.4% (7), the Greens 5.9% (6), and the Free Voters 3.1% (0). Turnout is 60.3%.
Indonesia: Former foreign minister (1977-88) Mochtar Kusumaatmadja dies.
Mexico: In parliamentary elections, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) wins 35.3% of the vote (197 of 500 seats), the National Action Party (PAN) 18.9% (111), the Institutional Revolutionary Party 18.4% (69), the Citizens' Movement (MC) 7.3% (24), the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) 5.6% (44), the Party of the Democratic Revolution 3.8% (17), and the Labour Party 3.4% (38). Turnout is 52.7%. Winners of gubernatorial elections: New Caledonia: Patrice Faure takes office as high commissioner.
Peru: In the presidential runoff, Pedro Castillo wins 50.1% of the vote and Keiko Fujimori 49.9%. Turnout is 74.6%.


China: Former governor of Shandong (1979-82) Su Yiran dies.
Guadeloupe: Former prefect (1967-69) Jean Deleplanque dies.
Switzerland: Beatrice Simon is elected president of the government of Bern.




Uganda: A new cabinet is named with Jessica Alupo as vice president, Robinah Nabbanja as prime minister, Jeje Odongo as foreign minister, Vincent Ssempijja Bamulangaki as defense minister, and Kahinda Otafiire as internal affairs minister; Matia Kasaija remains finance minister. On June 14 parliament approves Alupo and Nabbanja. They and the cabinet are sworn in on June 21. Odongo takes office June 22.

United Kingdom: The Democratic Unionist Party nominates Paul Givan to become first minister of Northern Ireland. First Minister Arlene Foster resigns on June 14. On June 17 Givan is installed as first minister.
Vanuatu: The speaker of parliament declares the seats of 19 members, including Prime Minister Bob Loughman, vacant for not attending on three consecutive days. The Supreme Court upholds the decision on June 18, but they remain members pending an appeal. On June 29 Loughman survives a no-confidence motion (27 of 52 members voting against).


Albania: Parliament votes (104-7) to dismiss President Ilir Meta. The decision still has to be ratified by the Constitutional Court.

Australia: Kate Warner's term as governor of Tasmania ends. Lieutenant Governor Alan Blow becomes acting governor until Barbara Baker is sworn in as governor on June 16.
Mongolia: In presidential elections, former prime minister Ukhnaa Khürelsükh (Mongolian People's Party) wins 72.2% of the vote, Dangaasüren Enkhbat (Right Person Electoral Coalition) 21.4%, and Sodnomzundui Erdene (Democratic Party) 6.4%. Turnout is 59.2%. Khürelsükh is sworn in on June 25.
Organization of American States: Former secretary-general (1975-84) Alejandro Orfila dies.


Canada: Margaret M. Thom is reappointed as commissioner of the Northwest Territories for a one-year term (effective June 26).

Central African Republic: Prime Minister Firmin Ngrébada resigns. On June 11 Henri Marie Dondra is named prime minister (taking office June 15). On June 23 the government is named with Claude Rameaux Bireau as defense minister, Michel Nicaise Nassin as interior minister, and Hervé Ndoba as finance minister; Sylvie Baïpo-Temon remains foreign minister.
Curaçao: Governor Lucille George-Wout announces that a new government headed by Gilmar Pisas as prime minister will be sworn in on June 14. The government includes Javier Silvania as finance minister.


China: Former governor of Heilongjiang (2003-07) Zhang Zuoji dies.


Algeria: In parliamentary elections, independents win 72.4% of the vote (84 of 407 seats), the National Liberation Front 6.2% (98), the Society for Peace Movement 4.5% (65), the National Democratic Rally 4.3% (58), the El Moustakbal Front 3.3% (48), and the El Bina Movement 2.3% (39). Turnout is 23.0%.
Brazil: Former governor of Pernambuco (1979-82) Marco Maciel dies.


Guinea: Former foreign minister (1984-85) Facinet Touré dies.
Haiti: President Jovenel Moïse extends for another 30 days the tenure of the acting prime minister, Claude Joseph.
Nicaragua: Former president (2002-07) Enrique Bolaños dies.


Japan: A no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government is defeated in parliament, 322-134.
New Caledonia: Former high commissioner (2007-10) Yves Dassonville (also prefect of Martinique 2004-07) dies.


China: Wang Kai is elected governor of Henan.
Indonesia: Rusdy Mastura is sworn in as governor of Sulawesi Tengah.
Slovakia: A no-confidence motion against Interior Minister Roman Mikulec is defeated (72-53).


Zambia: Former prime minister (1964), president (1964-91), and foreign minister (1969-70) Kenneth Kaunda dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): The Constitutional Court validates recent no-confidence motions against the governors of Kasaï Oriental, Ituri, Tshopo, Tanganyika, and Maniema, but invalidates the one against the governor of Kasaï, Dieudonné Pieme Tutokot.
Iran: In presidential elections, Ebrahim Raisi wins 72.4% of the vote, Mohsen Rezai 13.8%, and Abdolnasser Hemmati 9.8%. Turnout is 48.8%.
Sint Eustatius: Alida Francis is appointed government commissioner, effective June 22.
Spain: The Assembly of the Community of Madrid reelects (77-57) Isabel Díaz Ayuso as president of the government.
United Nations: The General Assembly appoints (by acclamation) António Guterres as secretary-general for a second term.


Afghanistan: Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi is appointed as acting defense minister and Gen. Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal as acting interior minister; they are also nominated as substantive ministers.


Armenia: In parliamentary elections, Civil Contract wins 53.9% of the vote (71 of 107 seats), the Armenia Alliance 21.1% (29), and the I Have Honour Alliance 5.2% (7). Turnout is 49.4%.
France: Results of regional elections (second round on June 27), with the respective candidates to the presidencies (DVC=diverse centre, DVD=diverse right, DVG=diverse left, ECO=Ecologist, LR=The Republicans, PS=Socialist Party, REG=regionalist, REM=La République en marche, RN=National Rally, UC=Union of the Centre, UCD=Union of the Centre and Right, UD=Union of the Right, UG=Union of the Left, UGE=Union of the Left with Ecologists): Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Shizuoka, incumbent Heita Kawakatsu wins 60.5% of the vote and Shigeki Iwai 39.5%. Turnout is 52.9%.


Australia: Jeannette Young is appointed as governor of Queensland, to take office on November 1.
Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Mai-Ndombe adopts (15-0) a no-confidence motion against Governor Paul Mputu Boleilanga.
Ethiopia: In parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party wins 410 of 436 seats.
Sweden: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven loses a no-confidence vote, which receives 181 votes (175 needed), with 109 votes against and 51 abstentions. On June 28 Löfven resigns. On June 29 the speaker of parliament, Andreas Norlén, asks Ulf Kristersson to form a new government.


Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau survives a no-confidence vote as the budget is approved 211-121.
Mayotte: Thierry Suquet is appointed as prefect.


Algeria: Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad resigns. On June 30 President Abdelmadjid Tebboune appoints Finance Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane as prime minister.
Congo (Kinshasa): Former governor of Kinshasa (1985-86) Tshimbombo Mukuna dies.
Philippines: Former president (2010-16) Benigno Aquino III dies.
Vietnam: Former prime minister of South Vietnam (1969-75) Tran Thien Khiem dies.


Aruba: In parliamentary elections, the People's Electoral Movement wins 35.3% of the vote (9 of 21 seats), the Aruban People's Party 31.3% (7), Roots 9.4% (2), the Aruban Sovereignty Movement 8.0% (2), and Action 21 5.8% (1). Turnout is over 83%.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Bas-Uélé adopts (12-0) a no-confidence motion against Governor Valentin Senga Paysayo.
El Salvador: Former member of the Revolutionary Junta (1980-82) José Antonio Morales Ehrlich dies.
Pakistan: Former acting governor of Balochistan (1991) and interim prime minister (2013) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso dies.


Samoa: The Supreme Court rules that the May 24 swearing-in ceremony of the government headed by Fiame Naomi Mata'afa was illegal but also orders that parliament must sit within 7 days to declare and swear in a new government.


Romania: Prime Minister Florin Cîtu survives a no-confidence vote, which receives 202 votes (234 needed).
Seychelles: Former foreign minister (1982-84) Maxime Ferrari dies.
United States: Former defense secretary (1975-77, 2001-06) Donald Rumsfeld dies.


Burkina Faso: In a cabinet reshuffle, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré takes over the defense portfolio while Maxime Koné becomes security minister.
Togo: Former acting president (2005) Abass Bonfoh dies (night of June 29/30).