April 2024


Congo (Kinshasa): Judith Suminwa Tuluka is appointed prime minister.
Peru: Six ministers including Interior Minister Víctor Torres Falcón resign. Walter Ortiz Acosta is appointed and sworn in as interior minister. On April 3 the government of Prime Minister Gustavo Adrianzén wins a confidence vote in parliament (70-38 with 17 abstentions). On April 4 parliament rejects (49-33 and 59-32) two motions to start impeachment proceedings against President Dina Boluarte.

San Marino: Alessandro Rossi (Demos) and Milena Gasperoni (We for the Republic) take office as captains-regent.


Portugal: The government of Prime Minister Luís Montenegro (see March 10) takes office.
Senegal: Bassirou Diomaye Faye is sworn in as president. He appoints Ousmane Sonko as prime minister. On April 5 the cabinet is announced with Yassine Fall as foreign minister, Gen. Birame Soulèye Diop as armed forces minister, Gen. Jean-Baptiste Tine as interior and public security minister, and Cheikh Diba as finance minister.
United States: In mayoral elections in Anchorage (turnout 25.6%), Suzanne LaFrance wins 36.4% of the vote, incumbent David Bronson 35.3%, and Bill Popp 17.0%; a runoff will take place on May 14. In Milwaukee, incumbent Cavalier Johnson wins 81.0% of the vote and David King 18.4%.


Australia: Sam Mostyn is announced as next governor-general, to take office in July.
Czech Republic: The Regional Council of Moravskoslezský kraj elects (36-16) Josef Belica as governor.
Togo: President Faure Gnassingbé announces the postponement of parliamentary elections, which were due to be held on April 20, to an unspecified later date. On April 9 it is announced they will be held on April 29.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of British Columbia (2001-07) Iona Campagnolo dies.
Kuwait: In parliamentary elections, 50 nonpartisan members are elected (including 29 opposition candidates). Turnout is 62.1%. On April 6 the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah resigns. On April 7 the emir accepts the resignation. On April 15 he appoints Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al Ahmad Al Sabah as prime minister.
Malta: Myriam Spiteri Debono is sworn in as president.
Tonga: Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni confirms that on March 28 he resigned as defense minister and Fekitamoeloa 'Utoikamanu resigned as foreign minister.


Bulgaria: Dimitur Glavchev, the designated interim prime minister, proposes a cabinet including Ivaylo Tsenov as foreign minister, Atanas Zapryanov as defense minister, and Lyudmila Petkova as finance minister, with Kalin Stoyanov remaining interior minister. President Rumen Radev says that new parliamentary elections will be held on June 9. He appoints the caretaker government on April 9, but with Stefan Dimitrov as foreign minister, Tsenov having declined the appointment.
Iceland: Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announces her resignation in order to be a candidate in the June 1 presidential election. On April 9 Bjarni Benediktsson is designated as new prime minister. He names a cabinet with Thórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir as foreign minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir as interior minister, and Sigurdur Ingi Jóhannsson as finance minister. The government is appointed the same day.
Senegal: Former prime minister (2014-19) Mohamed Dionne dies.
United States: Former governor of Maine (1979-87) Joseph E. Brennan dies.


Slovakia: In the presidential runoff, Peter Pellegrini wins 53.1% of the vote and Ivan Korcok 46.9%. Turnout is 61.1%. Pellegrini will take office June 15.


Haiti: A political agreement is signed concerning the establishment of the Transitional Presidential Council, to be in place until Feb. 7, 2026, and comprised of 7 voting members - Smith Augustin, Fritz Jean, Louis Gérald Gilles, Edgard Leblanc Fils, Laurent Saint-Cyr, Emmanuel Vertilaire, Leslie Voltaire - and 2 non-voting members - Frinel Joseph and Régine Abraham. The council is installed on April 12.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Voronezh oblast (1992-96) Aleksandr Kovalev dies.
Somalia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi is named foreign minister and Ali Yusuf Ali to replace him as interior minister.


Ireland: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar submits his resignation. On April 9 Simon Harris is elected by parliament (88-69) and appointed by the president as prime minister. He names a cabinet with no change in key portfolios.
Spain: Former president of the government of País Vasco/Euskadi (1985-99) José Antonio Ardanza dies.


Venezuela: Former governor of Barinas (1998-2008) Hugo de los Reyes Chávez dies.


South Korea: In parliamentary elections, the People Power Party/People Future Party wins 36.8% of the vote (108 of 300 seats), the Democratic Party/Democratic Alliance 26.7% (176), and the Rebuilding Korea Party 24.3% (12). Turnout is 67.0%. On April 11 Prime Minister Han Duck Soo offers his resignation.
Taiwan: President-elect Lai Ching-te (to take office May 20) appoints Cho Jung-tai as premier. On April 12 Cho designates Liu Shyh-fang as interior minister.


Nigeria: Former governor of Abia (1992-93) Ogbonnaya Onu dies.


International Monetary Fund: Kristalina Georgieva is reappointed as managing director.


Croatia: Former prime minister (1990-91) Josip Manolic dies.
Latvia: Baiba Braze is nominated as foreign minister.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Arkhangelsk oblast (1991-96) Pavel Balakshin dies.
Singapore: It is announced that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will leave office on May 15, to be succeeded by Lawrence Wong.