March 2011


Congo (Kinshasa): President Joseph Kabila accepts the resignation of the governor of Kasaï Occidental, Trésor Kapuku Ngoy. On March 2 Vice-Governor Hubert Mbingho becomes acting governor.
Dominican Republic: In a cabinet reshuffle, Daniel Toribio is named finance minister and José Ramón Fadul interior minister.
Germany: Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigns. On March 2 Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière is named new defense minister and Hans-Peter Friedrich to replace him as interior minister. They are officially appointed on March 3.

Russia: Rashid Temrezov is confirmed by the local parliament (70-0) and sworn in as president of Karachayevo-Cherkessia. On March 11, Temrezov appoints Indris Kyabishev as prime minister, who is unanimously confirmed by the parliament the same day.
United States: In mayoral elections in Tampa, Rose Ferlita wins 25.9% of the vote, Bob Buckhorn 23.5%, Dick Greco 22.6%, and Ed Turanchik 19.4%. In the runoff on March 22, Buckhorn wins 62.9% and Ferlita 37.1%. Turnout in both rounds is about 22%. Buckhorn will be sworn in on April 1.


Libya: Massoud Abdel Hafiz is named public security minister.
Martinique: Laurent Prévost is appointed prefect. He takes office on March 30.
Mexico: Former governor of Michoacán (1986-88) Luis Martínez Villicaña dies.

Philippines: Albert del Rosario replaces Alberto Romulo as foreign secretary.
Saint Lucia: Sir Allan Louisy, former prime minister (1979-81), dies.



Egypt: Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigns. Essam Sharaf is asked to form a new government. On March 6 Nabil al-Arabi is named foreign minister and Gen. Mansour al-Essawy interior minister. The new cabinet is sworn in on March 7.
Montserrat: Governor Peter Waterworth departs. Deputy Governor Sarita Francis becomes acting governor.
New Caledonia: Parliament elects a new government and Harold Martin is chosen as president of the government. This new government collapses on the same date with the resignation of one of its members. On March 17 Martin is again elected president, but the government collapses the same day with the resignation of some of its members.
Russia: Vladimir Ilyukhin is confirmed by the local Assembly (38-0) and sworn in as governor of Kamchatka kray.


India: Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (1980-85, 1988-89) and governor of Punjab (1985) Arjun Singh dies.
Nepal: Former prime minister (1990-91, 1999-2000) Krishna Prasad Bhattarai dies.
Samoa: In parliamentary elections, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party wins 29 of 49 seats, independents supporting the HRPP 7, and the opposition Tautua Samoa Party 13. Turnout is 90%. In the new cabinet sworn in on March 18, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga becomes finance minister.


Russia: The parliament of Chechnya confirms Ramzan Kadyrov as head of the republic (41-0). On March 6 the Assembly of Ulyanovsk oblast confirms Sergey Morozov as governor (25-4).
Serbia: Former chairman of the Executive Council of Vojvodina (1989) Sredoje Erdeljan dies.


Estonia: In parliamentary elections, the Reform Party wins 28.6% of the vote (33 of 101 seats), the Centre Party 23.3% (26), the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union 20.5% (23), and the Social Democratic Party 17.1% (19). Turnout is 63.5%.

Japan: Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara resigns. On March 7 Yukio Edano is appointed acting foreign minister, and on March 9 Takeaki Matsumoto is sworn in as new foreign minister.
Federated States of Micronesia: Former governor of Chuuk (1990-96) Sasao H. Gouland dies.


Germany: Olaf Scholz is elected first mayor of Hamburg (62-54).
India: Narendra Kumar takes office as administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and of Daman and Diu.
Oman: In a cabinet reshuffle, Hamoud ibn Faisal ibn Said Al Busaidi becomes interior minister and Darwish ibn Ismail ibn Ali al-Balushi finance minister.


Federated States of Micronesia: In parliamentary elections, only nonpartisans are elected to the 14 seats.
New Zealand: Lt.Gen. Jerry Mateparae is nominated as the next governor-general, to take office August 31.
Turkey: Osman Günes becomes interior minister for the period leading up to elections.



Ireland: Enda Kenny is elected (117-27) and sworn in as prime minister. Eamon Gilmore becomes deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Alan Shatter defense minister, and Michael Noonan finance minister.
Kosovo: Former president of the Presidency (1988-89) and acting secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists (1988-89) Remzi Kolgeci dies.
Nepal: Bishnu Poudel takes office as defense minister.


Madagascar: Prime Minister Albert Camille Vital and his government resign. On March 16 Vital is asked to form a new cabinet. On March 26 its composition is announced with Yvette Sylla as foreign minister and Florent Rakotoarisoa as interior minister; Gen. André Lucien Rakotoarimasy remains defense minister and Hery Rajaonarimampianina finance minister.
Palestine: Prime Minister Ismail Haniya's government in the Gaza Strip appoints Muhammad Awad as foreign minister.

Russia: The president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, dismisses the government of Prime Minister Aleksey Vorobyov and appoints Musa Chiliyev as acting prime minister. Chiliyev is confirmed by the local parliament on March 21.


Switzerland: Former Landammann of Uri (1976-78) Anton Arnold dies.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Catamarca, Lucía Corpacci (Front for the Victory) wins 48.2% of the vote and incumbent Eduardo Brizuela del Moral (Civic and Social Front) 44.1%.
Benin: In presidential elections, incumbent Yayi Boni wins 53.1% of the vote and Adrien Houngbédji 35.6%.
Niger: In the presidential runoff, Mahamadou Issoufou wins 58% of the vote and Seyni Oumarou 42%. Turnout is about 48%.


Canada: Christy Clark is sworn in as premier of British Columbia.
China: Former governor of Macau (1986-87) Joaquim Pinto Machado dies.
Serbia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic becomes finance minister.


United States: In a recall election in Miami-Dade County, the removal of Mayor Carlos Alvarez is approved 88.1%-11.9%. It is effective when the results are certified on March 18.


Romania: Prime Minister Emil Boc survives another no-confidence vote, which is supported by only 212 votes (236 needed).



Bosnia and Herzegovina: Zivko Budimir is elected president, and Nermin Niksic prime minister, of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Cape Verde: A new government is announced (taking office March 21), with Jorge Borges as foreign minister, Jorge Tolentino as defense minister, and Marisa Morais as minister of internal administration; Cristina Duarte remains finance minister.
Central African Republic: The government of Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadéra resigns.

Peru: Prime Minister José Antonio Chang resigns. On March 19 Rosario Fernández is sworn in as prime minister.
United States: Former secretary of state (1993-97) Warren Christopher dies.


Thailand: The prime minister and nine other cabinet ministers survive no-confidence motions introduced in parliament. The motion against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is defeated 249-184, that against Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij 247-185, that against Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul 250-188, and that against Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya 247-188.


Argentina: In gubernatorial elections in Chubut, Martín Buzzi (Model Chubut) wins 37.8% of the vote, Carlos Eliceche (Front for the Victory) 37.2%, and Pedro Peralta (Radical Civic Union) 11.8%.
Germany: In state elections in Sachsen-Anhalt, the Christian Democratic Union wins 32.5% of the vote (41 of 105 seats), The Left 23.7% (29), the Social Democratic Party 21.5% (26), the Greens 7.1% (9), the National Democratic Party 4.6% (0), and the Free Democratic Party 3.8% (0). Turnout is 51.2%.
Haiti: In the presidential runoff, Michel Martelly wins 67.6% of the vote and Mirlande Manigat 31.7%. Martelly is to take office May 14.
Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh dismisses the cabinet of Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Mujawar.



Australia: Malcolm McCusker is named as next governor of Western Australia, to take office July 1.
Maldives: President Mohamed Nasheed appoints Ahmed Naseem as foreign minister.


Mauritania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Hamadi Ould Hamadi becomes foreign minister and Ahmedou Ould Idey defense minister.

Paraguay: Jorge Lara Castro is sworn in as foreign minister following the resignation of Héctor Lacognata.

Russia: The parliament of Chuvashia approves Oleg Makarov as prime minister (34-5).


Portugal: Prime Minister José Sócrates resigns. On March 31 President Aníbal Cavaco Silva accepts the resignation and calls new elections.


Albania: Interior Minister Lulzim Basha resigns.
Indonesia: Bandjela Paliudju's term as governor of Sulawesi Tengah ends. The provincial secretary, Rais Lamangkona, becomes acting governor until on March 31 Ahmad Tanribali Lamo is sworn in as acting governor for the interim until the installation of a newly elected governor.


Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet lose a no-confidence vote in parliament, which passes 156-145.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in New South Wales, the Liberal-National coalition wins 51.2% of the vote (69 of 93 seats), the Labor Party 25.7% (21), the Greens 9.9% (0), and independents 9.1% (3). Barry O'Farrell is sworn in as premier on March 28.


Central African Republic: In the second round of parliamentary elections, 36 seats are won by the National Convergence Kwa Na Kwa (for a total of 61 of the 105 seats), 18 by independents (for a total of 26), 11 by parties of the presidential majority (for a total of 11), and 1 by an opposition party (for a total of 2).
Germany: In state elections in Baden-Württemberg, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wins 39% of the vote (60 of 138 seats), the Greens 24.2% (36), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) 23.1% (35), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 5.3% (7), and The Left 2.8% (0). Turnout is 66.2%. In Rheinland-Pfalz, the SPD wins 35.7% of the vote (42 of 101 seats), the CDU 35.2% (41), the Greens 15.4% (18), the FDP 4.2% (0), and The Left 3% (0). Turnout is 61.8%.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Former governor (1981-83) and governor-general (1983-95) Sir Clement Arrindell dies.


India: Former chief commissioner of Manipur (1955-58) P.C. Mathew dies.
Kosovo: The Constitutional Court rules that the February 22 election of Behgjet Pacolli as president was unconstitutional. On March 30 the full decision is published and Pacolli recognizes the invalidation of his election. The speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi, becomes acting president.
Tunisia: Interior Minister Farhat Rajhi resigns and is replaced by Habib Essid.


Syria: The cabinet of Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari resigns.
Turkmenistan: Begench Gundogdiyev is appointed as defense minister.


Libya: Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa resigns.
Mali: Prime Minister Modibo Sidibé resigns.
Myanmar: The State Peace and Development Council is dissolved and Thein Sein is sworn in as president. A new cabinet is announced including Wunna Maung Lwin as foreign minister, Maj.Gen. Hla Min as defense minister, Lieut.Gen. Ko Ko as home affairs minister, and Hla Tun remaining finance minister.


Kuwait: The cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Muhammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah resigns.
Martinique: Josette Manin is elected president of the General Council.