November 2002



Canada: Edward Roberts is sworn in as lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Croatia: Former chairman of the Executive Council (1974-78) Jakov Sirotkovic dies.

Macedonia: Parliament votes in the new government with Branko Crvenkovski as prime minister (72-28). Ilinka Mitreva becomes foreign minister, Vlado Buckovski defense minister, Petar Gosev finance minister, and Hari Kostov interior minister.


India: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed takes office as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Israel: The resignations of the Labour Party ministers become effective. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon assumes the portfolios temporarily. On November 4 Sharon survives three no-confidence votes in the Knesset. The parliament also approves Shaul Mofaz as new defense minister. On November 6 Benjamin Netanyahu is approved as foreign minister.



Turkey: In parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) wins 34.3% of the vote (363 of 550 seats) and the Republican People's Party (CHP) 19.4% (178). The remaining 9 seats go to independents. Other parties remain below the 10% threshold: True Path Party (DYP) 9.6%, Nationalist Action Party (MHP) 8.3%, Youth Party (GP) 7.3%, Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) 6.2%, Motherland Party (ANAP) 5.1%, Saadet Party (SP) 2.5%, Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit's Democratic Left Party (DSP) 1.2%, New Turkey Party (YTP) 1.2%, Grand Unity Party (BBP) 1%. Turnout is 79%. Ecevit resigns on November 4. On November 16 President Ahmet Necdet Sezer asks Abdullah Gül to form a government. He takes office on November 18, with a cabinet including Yasar Yakis as foreign minister, Vecdi Gönül as defense minister, Kemal Unakitan as finance minister, and Abdülkadir Aksu as interior minister. The new government wins a vote of confidence on November 28 (346-170).


Canada: In elections in Yukon Territory, the Yukon Party wins 12 of 18 seats, the New Democratic Party 5, and the Liberal Party 1. Turnout is 80%. Dennis Fentie is sworn in as premier on November 30.
France: Former acting president of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes (2002) Dominique de la Martiničre dies.
Kenya: President Daniel arap Moi appoints Musalia Mudavadi as vice president.

Senegal: President Abdoulaye Wade dismisses Prime Minister Mame Madior Boye and the cabinet. Idrissa Seck is named prime minister. On November 6 he names his cabinet. Bécaye Diop becomes defense minister, while Cheikh Tidiane Gadio is reappointed as foreign minister, Abdoulaye Diop as finance minister, and Mamadou Niang as interior minister.


Guam: Felix Camacho (Republican) is elected governor with 55.4% of the vote, against 44.6% for Robert Underwood (Democrat). In parliamentary elections, the Democrats win 9 seats and the Republicans 6.


Latvia: Einars Repse is nominated to be prime minister. Parliament confirms him on November 7. Sandra Kalniete becomes foreign minister, Maris Gulbis interior minister, and Valdis Dombrovskis finance minister; Girts Valdis Kristovskis remains defense minister.
United States: Elections to the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate are won by the Republicans, who will have 229 of 435 seats in the House and 51 of 100 in the Senate. Results of gubernatorial elections: In mayoral elections in Louisville, Jerry E. Abramson (Dem.) defeats Jack Early (Rep.), 73%-25%, and in Providence, David Cicilline (Dem.) wins over David Talan (Rep.), 84%-10%.
Virgin Islands (U.S.): Charles Turnbull is reelected governor with 50.5% of the vote over John deJongh with 24.4%.


Germany: The Landtag of Nordrhein-Westfalen elects Peer Steinbrück minister-president.
Mexico: Former chief of government of the Distrito Federal (1970-71) and governor of Nuevo León (1979-85) Alfonso Martínez Domínguez dies.


Morocco: King Muhammad VI names his new government including Mustapha Sahel as new interior minister, Mohamed Benaissa and Fathallah Oualalou being confirmed as foreign and finance ministers.

Russia: Chechen prime minister Stanislav Ilyasov resigns, being appointed by President Vladimir Putin as federal minister of Chechnya affairs. On November 12 Head of the Administration Akhmad Kadyrov appoints Mikhail Babich as prime minister, who takes office November 15.


Burundi: Vincent Niyungeko is appointed defense minister.
Niger: In a cabinet reshuffle, Hassane Souley is named defense minister and Albadé Abouba interior minister.


Slovenia: In presidential elections, Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek wins 44.3% of the vote against 30.8% for Barbara Brezigar, 8.5% for Zmago Jelincic, 7.6% for France Arhar, and 3.2% for France Bucar. Turnout is 71.2%. A runoff will be held December 1.


United States: Former West Virginia governor (1961-65) William W. Barron dies.


Nepal: Former foreign minister (1962) Rishikesh Shaha dies.
New Caledonia: President Pierre Frogier's government is dissolved automatically after the resignation of a minister. Congress reelects Frogier on November 28.


French Southern and Antarctic Lands: Former administrator-superior (1973-79) Roger Barberot dies.

Italy: Franco Frattini is appointed foreign minister.


China: Hu Jintao is appointed general secretary of the Communist Party.
Rwanda: In a cabinet reshuffle, Charles Murigande is named foreign minister and Maj.Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi defense minister.
Turkmenistan: Yazkuly Kakalyev is named finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle.


Guinea-Bissau: President Kumba Ialá names Mário Pires as prime minister, a day after he dismissed the government led by Alamara Nhassé. Pires is sworn in on November 17 and installs his cabinet the next day. Joăozinho Vieira Có becomes foreign minister, while António Sedja Man is confirmed as interior minister and Rui Duarte de Barros as finance minister. Zamora Induta declines the offer to become defense minister and Marcelino Simoes Lopes Cabral takes the post on November 19.

Ukraine: President Leonid Kuchma sacks Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh's government, nominating Viktor Yanukovych to head a new cabinet. Parliament approves the appointment on November 21. On November 26 Kuchma appoints Mykola Azarov as finance minister. He completes the cabinet on November 30, retaining the foreign, defense, and interior ministers.


Israel: Former foreign minister (1966-74) Abba Eban dies.
Japan: Keiichi Inamine is reelected governor of Okinawa with 64.4% of the vote. Turnout is 57.2%.


Angola: President José Eduardo dos Santos proposes Interior Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos as prime minister. The consultative Council of the Republic subsequently gives its approval.


Indonesia: Ali Mazi is elected governor of Sulawesi Tenggara.


Pakistan: The National Assembly elects Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali prime minister; he wins 172 votes against 86 for Fazlur Rahman and 70 for Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Jamali is sworn in on November 23. Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri becomes foreign minister, Rao Sikandar Iqbal defense minister, and Faisal Saleh Hayat interior minister. Outgoing finance minister Shaukat Aziz becomes advisor to the prime minister on finance. On November 29 Akram Khan Durrani is elected chief minister of the North-West Frontier Province (78-41) and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi chief minister of Punjab (235-102); Durrani is sworn in on November 30.


Paraguay: Finance Minister James Spalding announces his resignation. On November 25 Alcides Giménez is named as new minister.


Argentina: Governor Carlos Ricardo Díaz of Santiago del Estero resigns. Parliament Speaker Darío Augusto Moreno becomes acting governor on November 25.


Austria: In parliamentary elections, the Austrian People's Party wins 42.3% of the vote (79 of 183 seats), the Social Democratic Party 36.9% (69), the Freedom Party 10.2% (19), and the Greens 9% (16). Turnout is 80.5%.
Ecuador: In the presidential election runoff, Lucio Gutiérrez wins 54.3% of the vote against 45.7% for Álvaro Noboa. Gutiérrez will take office Jan. 15, 2003.
Taiwan: Finance Minister Lee Yung-san resigns. Vice Finance Minister Sam Wang becomes acting finance minister until, on November 27, Lin Chuan is appointed finance minister.


Indonesia: Thaib Armaiyn takes office as governor of Maluku Utara.
Russia: The government of Prime Minister Aleksandr Dorzhdeyev in Kalmykia resigns.
United States: President George W. Bush signs legislation creating a Department of Homeland Security and names Tom Ridge as its secretary.
Yugoslavia: In Montenegro, President Milo Djukanovic resigns and Filip Vujanovic, who was elected parliament speaker on November 5, becomes acting president in that capacity. On November 26 Djukanovic is designated to replace Vujanovic as prime minister.


Nigeria: In a cabinet reshuffle, Mohammed Shatta becomes new interior minister, replacing Sunday Afolabi.
United States: Former New Mexico governor (1951-55, 1957-59, 1961-62) Edwin L. Mechem and former Oregon governor (1975-79) Robert W. Straub die.


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dragan Cavic takes office as president of the Republika Srpska.

Czech Republic: Pavel Bém is elected mayor of Praha.
Indonesia: Amin Syam is elected governor of Sulawesi Selatan.


Kiribati: The opposition wins 9 of 13 seats decided in the first round of parliamentary elections. The remaining 27 seats will be decided in a second round on December 6.


Australia: In Victoria elections, Premier Steve Bracks' Labor Party wins 47.9% of the vote (62 of 88 seats), the Liberal Party 33.9% (17), the Greens 9.7% (0), and the National Party 4.3% (7); independents win 2 seats.
United States: Former commissioner of education (1965-68) Harold Howe II dies.