February 2024


Georgia: Irakli Kobakhidze is nominated as prime minister. He announces the only change in his cabinet will be Irakli Chikovani as defense minister. On February 8 the government is approved by a vote of 84-10 in the 150-seat parliament and Kobakhidze is appointed by the president.
Liberia: The Senate confirms (unanimously) Boima S. Kamara as finance minister. President Joseph Boakai nominates Maj.Gen. Prince Charles Johnson III as defense minister and Francis Sakala Nyumalin as internal affairs minister. On February 9 the Senate confirms Johnson as well as Sara Beysolow Nyanti as foreign minister. Following protests against Johnson, however, on February 12 Boakai accepts his resignation; on February 13 he appoints Geraldine George as acting defense minister.


India: Champai Soren is sworn in as chief minister of Jharkhand.
Sint Maarten: The informateurs submit their final report to the governor, Ajamu G. Baly, who on February 5 asks Luc Mercelina to form a government.
Spain: Former president of the government of Canarias (1988-91) Lorenzo Olarte Cullén dies.
Tonga: King Tupou VI strips Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni of his armed forces portfolio and Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu of the foreign affairs portfolio. On February 5 the cabinet rejects the decision as unconstitutional.


Senegal: President Macky Sall announces the indefinite postponement of the presidential elections scheduled for February 25. On February 5 parliament adopts a law delaying the election until December 15 and extending Sall's tenure (which was due to expire on April 2) accordingly. On February 15, however, the Constitutional Council overturns the delay.
United Kingdom: Michelle O'Neill (Sinn Féin) is sworn in as first minister of Northern Ireland.


El Salvador: In presidential elections, incumbent Nayib Bukele (New Ideas) wins 84.7% of the vote, Manuel Flores (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) 6.4%, and Joel Sánchez (Nationalist Republican Alliance) 5.6%. Turnout is 52.3%.
Namibia: President Hage Geingob dies. Vice President Nangolo Mbumba is sworn in as interim president. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah becomes vice president. On February 9 Peya Mushelenga is appointed foreign minister.
Nigeria: Former governor of Yobe (1992-93, 1999-2007) Bukar Abba Ibrahim dies.
Portugal: In parliamentary elections in the Azores, the Democratic Alliance (coalition of Social Democratic Party, CDS-People's Party, and People's Monarchist Party) wins 43.6% of the vote (26 of 57 seats), the Socialist Party 37.2% (23), and Chega 9.5% (5). Turnout is 50.3%.
Portugal: Former foreign minister (1970-74) Rui Manuel de Medeiros d'Espiney Patrício dies.


France: The government of Prime Minister Gabriel Attal survives a no-confidence motion, which receives 124 votes (289 required).
Kazakhstan: President Kasymzhomart Tokayev accepts the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov and appoints Roman Sklyar as acting prime minister. On February 6 the ruling Amanat party nominates Olzhas Bektenov as prime minister; parliament endorses him (69-0) and Tokayev formally appoints him the same day. Madi Takiyev becomes finance minister, other key posts being unchanged.
Mexico: Former governor of San Luis Potosí (1993-97) Horacio Sánchez Unzueta dies.
The Netherlands: Former prime minister (1977-82), foreign minister (1982), and queen's commissioner of Noord-Brabant (1983-87) Andreas van Agt dies.
Yemen: The Presidential Leadership Council appoints Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad Bin Mubarak as prime minister.


Chile: Former president (2010-14, 2018-22) Sebastián Piñera dies in a helicopter crash.
Ireland: Former prime minister (1994-97) John Bruton dies.
United States: The House of Representatives rejects an impeachment resolution against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas (216-214). In a second attempt on February 13, the resolution is adopted (214-213).


Azerbaijan: In presidential elections, incumbent Ilham Aliyev wins 92.1% of the vote. Turnout is about 76%. On February 14 Aliyev begins his new term and the government resigns as prescribed in the constitution. On February 16 parliament approves (105-1) the reappointment of Ali Asadov as prime minister and Aliyev forms a government in which the foreign, defense, interior, and finance ministers keep their portfolios.
Congo (Kinshasa): President Félix Tshisekedi appoints Augustin Kabuya as informateur to identify a majority coalition in parliament.


Cook Islands: Tingika Elikana is sworn in as foreign minister.
Ethiopia: Parliament accepts the nomination of Taye Atske Selassie as foreign minister.
Pakistan: In parliamentary elections, independents backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf win 93 of 264 seats, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) 75, and the Pakistan People's Party 54. On February 13 the latter two parties announce the formation of a parliamentary coalition and the proposed nomination of Shahbaz Sharif as prime minister.


Congo (Kinshasa): The government approves a 66th extension of the state of siege in Ituri and Nord-Kivu.


Hungary: President Katalin Novák announces her resignation (officially on February 11).
Tanzania: Former prime minister (2005-08) Edward Lowassa dies.


Finland: In the presidential runoff, Alexander Stubb wins 51.6% of the vote and Pekka Haavisto 48.4%. Turnout is 67.6%.


Peru: In a cabinet reshuffle, Walter Astudillo is named defense minister and José Arista economy and finance minister.


Ghana: In a cabinet reshuffle, Henry Quartey is appointed interior minister and Mohammed Amin Adam finance minister.
Mayotte: François-Xavier Bieuville is appointed as prefect (effective February 24).
The Netherlands: Kim Putters is appointed as new informateur.


Argentina: Former governor of Salta (1987-91) Hernán Cornejo dies.
Kuwait: The emir dissolves the parliament elected in June 2023.
Papua New Guinea: The government of Prime Minister James Marape wins a confidence vote in parliament (84-0, opposition absent).


African Union: Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani is elected chairman.
Sri Lanka: Former chief minister of North Western province (1988-93) Gamini Jayawickrama Perera dies.


Spain: In parliamentary elections in Galicia, the Popular Party wins 47.4% of the vote (40 of 75 seats), the Galician Nationalist Bloc 31.6% (25), and the Socialist Party 14.0% (9). Turnout is 67.3%.


Colombia: Former foreign minister (1994-96) Rodrigo Pardo García-Peña dies.
Guinea: The transitional president, Mamady Doumbouya, dissolves the government of Prime Minister Bernard Goumou.


Congo (Kinshasa): Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge resigns.
Faeroe Islands: Former prime minister (1998-2004) Anfinn Kallsberg dies.


Malaysia: Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, former chief minister (1981-2014) and head of state (2014-24) of Sarawak, dies.