September 2002


World Trade Organization: Supachai Panitchpakdi of Thailand becomes director-general.



French Guiana: Ange Mancini takes office as prefect.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Frederick Ballantyne is sworn in as new governor-general.


Bangladesh: Iajuddin Ahmed is declared president-elect as there is no other candidate for the presidential election scheduled for September 16. He is sworn in on September 6.


Austria: Vice Chancellor Susanne Riess-Passer and Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser announce their resignation.
Russia: In gubernatorial elections in Krasnoyarsk kray, Aleksandr Uss wins 27.6% of the votes, Taymyr head of administration Aleksandr Khloponin 25.3%, Sergey Glaziyev (Communist) 21.4%, Krasnoyarsk city mayor Pyotr Pimashkov 14.3%, and others 2.6%. Turnout is about 45%. A second round is held September 22, Khloponin winning 48.1% and Uss 41.8%, with 9.2% voting against both candidates. Turnout is 46.8%. On September 29 election officials invalidate the results, citing campaign and electoral violations.
Switzerland: Former president (1980) Georges-André Chevallaz dies.


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South Korea: President Kim Dae Jung names Kim Suk Soo as prime minister.
Virgin Islands (U.S.): Former governor (1987-95) Alexander A. Farrelly dies.


Guinea-Bissau: Former foreign minister (1984-92) Júlio Semedo dies.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick (1981-87) George F.G. Stanley dies.
The Gambia: Former foreign minister (1997-98) Omar Njie dies.


Argentina: Carlos Ricardo Díaz is reelected as governor of Santiago del Estero with 68.1% of the vote. Turnout is 56%.
Macedonia: In parliamentary elections, the "Together for Macedonia" coalition (led by the Social Democrats) wins 60 of 120 seats, Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski's VMRO-DPMNE 33, the Democratic Integrative Union 16, the Democratic Party of Albanians 7, the Party for Democratic Prosperity 2, the National Democratic Party 1, and the Socialist Party of Macedonia 1.
Sweden: In parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Göran Persson's Social Democrats win 39.9% of the vote, the Moderates 15.1%, the Liberals 13.3%, the Christian Democrats 9.1%, the Left 8.3%, the Centre 6.2%, and the Greens 4.6%. Turnout is 79%.


Wallis and Futuna: Christian Job takes office as administrator-superior.


Côte d'Ivoire: Interior Minister Émile Boga Doudou and former president (1999-2000) Robert Guéi are killed during fighting between mutineers and loyalist troops in Abidjan.


Uruguay: Defense Minister Luis Brezzo dies. On September 23 Yamandú Fau is designated to succeed him; he takes office September 26.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of British Columbia (1978-83) Henry Pybus Bell-Irving dies.
Slovakia: In parliamentary elections held on September 20-21, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia wins 19.5% of the votes, Prime Minister Mikulás Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union 15.1%, the Smer party 13.5%, the Party of the Hungarian Coalition 11.2%, the Christian Democratic Movement 8.3%, the Ano party 8%, and the Slovak Communist Party 6.3%. Turnout is 70.1%.


Germany: In parliamentary elections, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins 38.5% of the vote (251 of 603 seats), the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) also 38.5% (248 seats), the Greens 8.6% (55), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 7.4% (47), and the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) 4% (2). Turnout is 79.1%. In state elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the SPD wins 40.6% (33 of 71 seats), the CDU 31.3% (25), the PDS 16.4% (13), the FDP 4.7%, and the Greens 2.6%. Turnout is 71.1%.
India: Former chief commissioner of Tripura (1970-71) and governor of West Bengal (1971-77) Anthony Lancelot Dias dies.
Saint Helena: The new administrator of Ascension, Andrew Kettlewell, arrives.


Argentina: San Juan governor Alfredo Avelín is deposed after a one-month impeachment process. He is replaced by the vice governor, Wbaldino Acosta.


Guinea-Bissau: President Kumba Ialá dismisses the minister of internal administration, Rui Sanhá.
Morocco: In parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi's Socialist Union of Popular Forces wins 50 of 325 seats, the Independence Party 48, the Justice and Development Party 42, the National Rally of Independents 41, the Popular Movement 27, the National Popular Movement 18, and the Constitutional Union 16. Turnout is 51.6%.
São Tomé and Príncipe: President Fradique de Menezes dismisses Prime Minister Gabriel Costa's government. Costa is to stay on until a new government is named.


Mauritius: In the election of the first Regional Assembly for Rodrigues, the Rodrigues People's Organization wins 10 of 18 seats and the Rodrigues Movement 8.
Yugoslavia: In the first round of presidential elections in Serbia, Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica wins 31.3% of the vote, Miroljub Labus 27.4%, and Vojislav Seselj 22.6%. Turnout is 56%. A runoff will be held October 13.


Brazil: Former governor of Alagoas (1961-66) Luiz de Souza Cavalcante dies.
Japan: Shigeru Ishiba is named defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
Latvia: Prime Minister Andris Berzins fires Interior Minister Mareks Seglins.
Russia: Viktor Aleksentsev is confirmed as prime minister of Ingushetia.

Sweden: Lena Hjelm-Wallén is named defense minister.
Switzerland: Home Affairs Minister Ruth Dreifuss announces her resignation effective December 31.
Switzerland: Former president (1965, 1970) Hans Peter Tschudi dies.