March 2024


Finland: Alexander Stubb is sworn in as president.
India: Former governor of Uttarakhand (2012-15), Uttar Pradesh (2014), and Mizoram (2015) Aziz Qureshi dies.
Iran: In the first round of parliamentary elections (turnout 40.6%), 245 of 290 members are elected (the other 45 go to runoffs in a second round, subsequently scheduled for May 10). About 200 of these 245 are identified as hardliners.
Pakistan: The provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elects Ali Amin Gandapur (independent supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) as chief minister, He receives 90 votes, against 16 for Ibadullah Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). Gandapur is sworn in on March 2.


Pakistan: The provincial assembly of Balochistan elects Sarfaraz Bugti (Pakistan People's Party) as chief minister. Being the sole nominee, he receives 41 votes. He is sworn in on the same date.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Amur oblast (1994-96) Vladimir Dyachenko dies.


Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif is elected prime minister, defeating Omar Ayub 201-92. He is sworn in on March 4. On March 11 his cabinet is sworn in, with Ishaq Dar as foreign minister, Khawaja Asif as defense minister, Mohsin Naqvi as interior minister, and Muhammad Aurangzeb as finance minister.
Togo: Former prime minister (2000-02) Agbéyomé Kodjo dies.


Gibraltar: Lt.Gen. Sir Ben Bathurst is appointed governor, to take office in June.


Bulgaria: Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov resigns. On March 6 parliament approves the resignation (216-0). On March 18 President Rumen Radev mandates Mariya Gabriel (GERB-SDS) to form a government. On March 19 she submits a proposed cabinet with Hristo Gadzhev as defense minister, other key posts being unchanged. However, on March 25 she withdraws her candidacy and on March 26 parliament votes to end her mandate (226-0). On March 27 the president gives a mandate to Denkov (We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria), who immediately returns it; on March 28 Ivaylo Vulchev (There is Such a People) likewise receives and returns a mandate. On March 30 Radev appoints Dimitur Glavchev as acting prime minister.
Hungary: Tamás Sulyok takes office as president.
Indonesia: Former governor of Jawa Barat (1970-75) Solihin Gautama Purwanegara dies.
Niue: Mark Gibb takes office as high commissioner.
Peru: Prime Minister Alberto Otárola resigns. On March 6 President Dina Boluarte appoints and swears in Gustavo Adrianzén as prime minister; no other change is made in the cabinet.
United States: In mayoral elections in Sacramento, Richard Pan (Democrat) wins 23.9% of the vote, Flojaune Cofer (Dem.) 23.3%, Steve Hansen (Dem.) 22.9%, and Kevin McCarty (Dem.) 22.6%.


Mexico: Former interim governor of México (1986-87) Alfredo Baranda García dies.
Nepal: A new government led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is sworn in with Narayan Kaji Shrestha as foreign minister, Hari Prasad Upreti as defense minister, Rabi Lamichhane as home minister, and Barshaman Pun as finance minister. On March 13 Dahal wins a confidence vote in parliament (157-110).
Senegal: President Macky Sall dissolves the government of Prime Minister Amadou Ba and appoints Interior Minister Sidiki Kaba as prime minister. He also announces that the presidential election will take place on March 24. At about the same time, the Constitutional Council sets March 31 as the date, but on March 7 it agrees to the March 24 date. On March 8 the new government is named with Mankeur Ndiaye as foreign minister and Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé as interior minister; Oumar Youm remains armed forces minister and Mamadou Moustapha Ba finance minister. Kaba takes office as prime minister on March 9.


Congo (Kinshasa): The government adopts a 68th extension of the state of siege in Ituri and Nord-Kivu, followed by a 69th on March 22.


Pakistan: Asif Ali Zardari is elected president, winning 411 votes, against 181 for Mehmood Khan Achakzai. Zardari is sworn in on March 10.


Italy: In presidential elections in Abruzzo, incumbent Marco Marsilio (centre-right) wins 53.5% of the vote and Luciano D'Amico (centre-left) 46.5%. Turnout is 52.2%.
Portugal: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Alliance (coalition of Social Democratic Party, CDS-People's Party, and People's Monarchist Party) wins 29.3% of the vote (80 of 230 seats), the Socialist Party 29.3% (78), Chega 18.9% (50), the Liberal Initiative 5.2% (8), and the Left Bloc 4.6% (5). Turnout is 59.8%. On March 20 President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asks Luís Montenegro to form a government. On March 28 Montenegro submits, and the president endorses, a cabinet including Paulo Rangel as foreign minister, Nuno Melo as defense minister, Margarida Blasco as interior minister, and Joaquim Miranda Sarmento as finance minister.


Haiti: Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigns, effective upon the establishment of a Transitional Presidential Council and the naming of an interim prime minister. On March 28 the Caribbean Community submits the list of council members to Henry, asking for their installation.
United States: The secretary of housing and urban development, Marcia Fudge, announces her resignation, effective March 22. The deputy secretary, Adrianne Todman, then becomes acting secretary.


India: The chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, resigns. Nayab Singh Saini is sworn in as chief minister.


Guinea: The cabinet of Prime Minister Bah Oury is announced with Mourana Soumah as finance minister, the foreign, defense, and security ministers being unchanged.
Monaco: Pierre André Chiappori is appointed finance minister, effective March 18.


Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas appoints Mohammad Mustafa as prime minister. On March 28 the new cabinet is appointed (sworn in March 31) in which Mustafa is also foreign minister and Omar al-Bittar finance minister; Ziad Hab al-Rih remains interior minister.


The Gambia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Abdoulie Sanyang is appointed interior minister.
Lithuania: Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas resigns. On March 19 Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte nominates Laurynas Kasciunas as defense minister; he is appointed by the president on March 25.
South Sudan: President Salva Kiir dismisses Finance Minister Bak Barnaba Chol and appoints Awow Daniel Chuang as finance minister (sworn in March 18).


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Denis Becirovic becomes chairman of the Presidency.


Russia: In presidential elections held March 15-17, incumbent Vladimir Putin (independent) wins 88.5% of the vote, Nikolay Kharitonov (Communist Party) 4.4%, Vladislav Davankov (New People) 3.9%, and Leonid Slutsky (Liberal-Democratic Party) 3.2%. Turnout is 77.4%.


India: The governor of Telangana and lieutenant governor of Puducherry, Tamilisai Soundararajan, resigns. On March 19 President Draupadi Murmu accepts the resignation and gives the governor of Jharkhand, C.P. Radhakrishnan, additional charge of Telangana and Puducherry; he is sworn in in Telangana on March 20 and in Puducherry on March 22.


United Kingdom: The first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, formally resigns. On March 20 Vaughan Gething (Labour) is elected first minister, winning 27 votes against 13 for Andrew R.T. Davies (Conservative) and 11 for Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid Cymru); he is sworn in the same day.


Ireland: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announces his resignation as leader of Fine Gael. Simon Harris, elected as new leader on March 24, is expected to be elected prime minister in early April.
The Netherlands: Elbert Dijkgraaf and Richard van Zwol are named informateurs.
Serbia: Prime Minister Ana Brnabic is elected parliament speaker. Ivica Dacic becomes acting prime minister. On March 30 President Aleksandar Vucic asks Milos Vucevic to form a new government.
Vietnam: President Vo Van Thuong resigns. On March 21 parliament appoints Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan as acting president.


Algeria: President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announces an early presidential election to be held on September 7.
Canada: The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau survives a no-confidence vote (rejected 204-116).
Czech Republic: The governor of Moravskoslezský kraj, Jan Krkoska, resigns. Jakub Unucka becomes acting governor.
Uganda: In a cabinet reshuffle, Jacob Oboth-Oboth is appointed defense minister.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in Tasmania, the Liberal Party wins 36.7% of the vote (14 of 35 seats), the Labor Party 29.0% (10), the Greens 13.9% (5), independents 8.0% (3), and the Jacqui Lambie Network 6.7% (3). Turnout is 91.2%.
Slovakia: In the first round of presidential elections, Ivan Korcok (independent) wins 42.5% of the vote, Peter Pellegrini (Voice-Social Democracy) 37.0%, and Stefan Harabin (independent) 11.7%. Turnout is 51.9%. The runoff will be held on April 6.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Kumamoto, Takashi Kimura wins 54.6% of the vote and Seishi Koyama 41.0%. Turnout is 49.6%.
Mexico: Former governor of Guanajuato (1973-79) Luis H. Ducoing dies.
Senegal: In presidential elections, Bassirou Diomaye Faye wins 54.3% of the vote and Amadou Ba 35.8%. Turnout is 61.3%.


Italy: Alessandra Todde takes office as president of Sardegna.
Tonga: It is reported that Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni has accepted to resign as defense minister and that Foreign Minister Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu has also resigned. The prime minister has reportedly proposed to King Tupou VI that Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala be appointed as foreign and defense minister.


Malta: Parliament approves (75-0) Myriam Spiteri Debono as president. She will take office April 4.
Yemen: The Presidential Leadership Council appoints Shaya Mohsin al-Zindani as foreign minister.


Greece: The government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (rejected 159-141).
Latvia: Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins resigns, effective April 10.


Suriname: Former vice president (1991-96, 2000-05) Jules Ajodhia dies.