Argentina: The Legislative Assembly accepts the resignation of Interim President Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, leaving Eduardo Camańo (already sworn in December 31) as acting president. The Assembly then appoints Eduardo Duhalde to serve the remainder of Fernando de la Rúa's term, which ends December 2003, without new elections. Duhalde takes office January 2. Most of his cabinet is sworn in on January 3, including Jorge Capitanich as cabinet chief, Carlos Ruckauf as foreign minister, and Jorge Remes Lenicov as economy minister; Rodolfo Gabrielli remains interior minister. Felipe Solá replaces Ruckauf as governor of Buenos Aires. On January 8 Horacio Jaunarena is sworn in as defense minister.
The Bahamas: Dame Ivy Dumont is confirmed as governor-general.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Safet Halilovic takes over the rotating presidency of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mexico: Manuel Andrade Díaz takes office as governor of Tabasco.
Switzerland: Kaspar Villiger becomes president for 2002. Pascal Corminboeuf becomes president of the Council of State of Fribourg, Claudio Lardi president of the government of Graubünden, Anita Rion president of the government of Jura, Ulrich Fässler Schultheiss of Luzern, Herbert Bühl president of the government of Schaffhausen, Rolf Ritschard Landammann of Solothurn, and Francine Jeanprętre president of the Council of State of Vaud.
United States: Michael Bloomberg takes office as mayor of New York City.
Yugoslavia: After Kosovo Administrator Hans Hćkkerup did not renew his contract that expired on December 31, his deputy, Charles H. Brayshaw (U.S.), becomes acting administrator. On January 21 Michael Steiner (Germany) is named to fill the post.
Zambia: Levy Mwanawasa takes office as president. He announces his new cabinet on January 7; it includes himself as defense minister, Katele Kalumba as foreign minister, Emmanuel Kasonde as finance minister, and Lackson Mapushi as home affairs minister.
Belize: Assad Shoman is sworn in as foreign minister.
Yugoslavia: Finance Minister Jovan Rankovic announces his resignation. On January 16 Defense Minister Slobodan Krapovic also resigns. On January 29 Velimir Radojevic becomes defense minister, but parliament rejects Dragan Marsicanin as new finance minister.
Italy: Foreign Minister Renato Ruggiero resigns. The next day Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi takes over the post himself.
Russia: In the presidential runoff in the Altay republic, Mikhail Lapshin wins 68% of the vote and incumbent Semyon Zubakin 23.5%. Lapshin takes office January 19.
Thailand: Former prime minister (1973-75) Sanya Thammasak dies.
United States: Former Wisconsin governor (1963-65) John W. Reynolds dies.
Chile: Michelle Bachelet is named as defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
Trinidad and Tobago: Howard Chin Lee is sworn in as national security minister.
Estonia: Prime Minister Mart Laar resigns. On January 18 President Arnold Rüütel nominates Finance Minister Siim Kallas for the post. He takes office January 28. Kristiina Ojuland becomes foreign minister, Sven Mikser defense minister, Ain Seppik interior minister, and Harri Őunapuu finance minister.
United States: Donald T. DiFrancesco's term as Senate president (and by that virtue acting governor) of New Jersey ends, and the state's attorney general, John J. Farmer, Jr., briefly becomes acting governor until a new Senate president is sworn in. Because the 40-member Senate is split between Democrats and Republicans, both parties agreed to split the job of Senate president for the remaining week until the inauguration of the governor-elect, Jim McGreevey. Republican leader John O. Bennett thus becomes acting governor, succeeded on January 12 by Democratic leader Richard J. Codey. McGreevey duly takes office on January 15.
Malawi: Mathews Chikaonda is dismissed as finance minister. He is replaced by Friday Jumbe.
Nicaragua: Enrique Bolańos takes office as president. José Rizo becomes vice president, Norman José Caldera Cardenal foreign minister, Arturo Harding Lacayo interior minister, and Eduardo Montealegre finance minister; José Adán Guerra Pastora remains defense minister.
Yugoslavia: Ibrahim Rugova fails again to be elected president of Kosovo by winning only 51 of 120 votes in parliament.
Indonesia: Djoko Munandar takes office as governor of Banten.
United States: Mark Warner takes office as governor of Virginia.
United States: Former secretary of state (1977-80) Cyrus Vance dies.
Russia: In presidential elections in Kabardino-Balkariya, incumbent Valery Kokov is reelected with some 87% of the vote, while Lieut.Gen. Mukhamed Batyrov wins 8.4%. Turnout is 85.9%. In Adygeya, Khazret Sovmen is elected as new president with some 68% of the vote, followed by incumbent Aslan Dzharimov who wins only 10%. In the runoff in Sakha, Vyacheslav Shtyrov is elected president with 59.2% of the votes against 34.6% for Fedot Tumusov. Shtyrov is sworn in January 27.
United States: Former Arizona governor (1959-65) Paul Fannin dies.
Venezuela: President Hugo Chávez names Diosdado Cabello as executive vice-president.
Ghana: Former foreign minister (1959-60, 1961-62) Ebenezer Ako-Adjei dies.
Jordan: Prime Minister Ali Abu al-Ragheb's government resigns. He forms a new cabinet at King Abdullah's request which includes Marwan Muasher as foreign minister and Qaftan al-Majali as interior minister.
Northern Mariana Islands: Juan N. Babauta takes office as governor.
Canada: Bill Graham is named as new foreign minister, replacing John Manley, who becomes deputy prime minister.
European Union: Pat Cox of Ireland is elected president of the European Parliament.
Russia: Vladimir Torlopov takes office as head of the Komi republic.
Comoros: President Azali Assoumani announces his resignation for January 21, making way for a transitional government that will prepare for new elections. This is formed on January 20, headed by Prime Minister Hamada Madi who also becomes interim president, and with Halidi Charif as foreign minister and Mohamed Ali Soilihi as interior minister; Assoumany Aboudou remains as finance minister.
The Gambia: In parliamentary elections, President Yahya Jammeh's Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction wins 45 seats (33 seats unopposed because of the opposition parties' boycott), the People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism 2, and the National Reconciliation Party 1.
Haiti: Prime Minister Jean-Marie Chérestal offers his resignation, which is accepted by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on January 21.
Peru: Aurelio Loret de Mola is named to succeed David Waisman as defense minister.
India: P.S. Ramamohan Rao is sworn in as governor of Tamil Nadu.
Kyrgyzstan: Finance Minister Temirbek Akmataliyev is appointed interior minister. On January 23 Bolot Abildayev is appointed as new finance minister.
Netherlands Antilles: In parliamentary elections, the Workers' Liberation Front 30th of May wins 23% of the vote (5 seats), Prime Minister Miguel Pourier's Antillean Restructuring Party 20.6% (4), the National People's Party 13.4% (3), and the Labour Party People's Crusade 12.1% (2).
Russia: Natalya Partasova (acting since December 18) is confirmed as prime minister of Chuvashia.
Finland: Former prime minister (1961-62, 1975-77) Martti Miettunen dies.
Guernsey: Sir Norman Browse is elected as president of the States of Alderney.
United States: In mayoral elections in Dallas, Laura Miller wins 49% of the vote and Tom Dunning 38%; a runoff will be held February 16.
Taiwan: Yu Shyi-kun is named premier. In the following days he appoints Eugene Chien as foreign minister, Tang Yian-min as defense minister, Lee Yung-san as finance minister, Yu Cheng-hsien as interior minister, and Fan Kuang-chun as governor of Taiwan province. The new cabinet will be sworn in February 1.
United States: Former Colorado governor (1963-73) John A. Love dies.
Bulgaria: Georgi Purvanov takes office as president.
Cameroon: Former prime minister of West Cameroon (1968-72) Salomon Tandeng Muna dies.
Slovakia: Finance Minister Brigita Schmögnerová announces her resignation for January 28. She is succeeded by Frantisek Hajnovic.
Falkland Islands: Howard Pearce is appointed governor; he is to take office in October.
Madagascar: Former foreign minister (1991-93) Césaire Rabenoro dies.
Venezuela: Interior Minister Luis Miquilena resigns. President Hugo Chávez names Ramón Rodríguez Chacín as new interior minister.
Gabon: A new cabinet is named including Paul Toungui as finance minister and Idriss Ngari as interior minister; Foreign Minister Jean Ping and Defense Minister Ali Bongo are retained.
Germany: Former minister-president of Nordrhein-Westfalen (1958-66) Franz Meyers dies.
Honduras: Ricardo Maduro takes office as president. Guillermo Pérez Arias becomes foreign minister, Federico Brevé Travieso defense minister, Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro interior minister, and Arturo Alvarado finance minister.
Russia: In North Ossetia-Alania, President Aleksandr Dzasokhov is reelected with 56.2% of the votes against 28% for Stanislav Suanov.
India: Shyamal Datta takes office as governor of Nagaland.
Kazakhstan: Prime Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev resigns. Imangali Tasmagambetov is appointed as new prime minister. On January 29 Tokayev is appointed foreign minister and Aleksandr Pavlov finance minister; Lt.Gen. Kairbek Suleimenov is named interior minister on January 30.
Albania: Prime Minister Ilir Meta resigns.
India: Former Madhya Pradesh governor (1989-90) Serla Grewal dies.
Japan: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi sacks Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka and assumes the post himself until a successor is chosen.