June 2016


Jordan: Prime Minister Hani Mulki and his cabinet are sworn in. Nasser Judeh remains foreign minister and Omar Malhas finance minister, Mulki himself is defense minister, and Salameh Hammad becomes interior minister.
Kyrgyzstan: Parliament approves Kashkar Dzhunushaliyev as interior minister.
Switzerland: Beatrice Simon becomes president of the government of Bern, Jean-Nathanaël Karakash president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Martin Klöti president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Monika Knill-Kradolfer president of the government of Thurgau, and Beat Jörg Landammann of Uri.


Guinea-Bissau: The government of Prime Minister Baciro Djá is named with Eduardo Costa Sanhá as defense minister, Botche Candé as interior minister, and Henrique Horta dos Santos as finance minister; on June 16 Soares Sambú is appointed foreign minister. Candé, accepting his post after initial hesitation, takes office on June 17, along with Sambú.
Kosovo: Enver Hoxhaj is appointed foreign minister.
Lebanon: Parliament fails for the 40th time to elect a president due to lack of quorum. The next attempt is scheduled for June 23, which fails likewise, the session being adjourned to July 13.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries: Mohammed S. Barkindo (Nigeria) is appointed secretary-general with effect from August 1.

Serbia: Istvan Pastor is reelected as president of the Assembly of Vojvodina (91-14). On June 20 Igor Mirovic is elected chairman of the government of Vojvodina (81-29).


Guinea-Bissau: Former acting head of state (1984) Carmen Pereira dies.


Brazil: Former governor of Pará (1964-66) Jarbas Gonçalves Passarinho dies.
Mexico: Winners of gubernatorial elections (PAN=National Action Party, PRI=Institutional Revolutionary Party): Peru: In the presidential runoff, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wins 50.1% of the vote and Keiko Fujimori 49.9%. Turnout is 80.1%.


Brazil: Former governor of Minas Gerais (1984-87, 1991-95) Hélio de Carvalho Garcia dies.
British Indian Ocean Territory: Sir John Robson, former commissioner (1979-82), dies.
Haiti: The electoral council decides that both rounds of the disputed presidential election will be redone, with the first round to be held on October 9. The 120-day mandate of the provisional president, Jocelerme Privert, ends on June 14 but the parliament fails to take new dispositions and he continues in office.
India: V. Narayanasamy is sworn in as chief minister of Puducherry.

Saint Lucia: In parliamentary elections, the United Workers Party wins 54.8% of the vote (11 of 17 seats) and the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party 44.1% (6). Turnout is 53.4%. Allen Chastanet is sworn in as prime minister on June 7. On June 14 his cabinet is announced and sworn in, with himself as foreign and finance minister and Hermangild Francis as home affairs and national security minister.
Uganda: A new cabinet is named (sworn in June 21) including Adolf Mwesige as defense minister and Gen. Jeje Odongo as internal affairs minister, other key positions being unchanged.


United States: In mayoral elections in Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg wins 59% of the vote and Angelique Ashby 26.2%. In San Diego, incumbent Kevin Faulconer wins 58.2% of the vote, Lori Saldaña 22.5%, and Ed Harris 19.3%.


Chile: Interior Minister Jorge Burgos resigns and is replaced by Mario Fernández.
Switzerland: Former foreign minister (1978-87) and president (1983, 1987) Pierre Aubert dies.
Tajikistan: Former chairman of the Council of Ministers (1982-86), first secretary of the Communist Party (1985-91), chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1990), and president (1990-91) of the Tadzhik S.S.R. Kakhar Makhkamov dies.


Yemen: Former foreign minister (1964, 1966, 1967-68, 1979-80) and prime minister (1974) of Yemen (Sana) Hassan Muhammad Makki dies.


Algeria: In a cabinet reshuffle, Hadji Baba Ammi is named finance minister (taking office June 12).
Tanzania: Mwigulu Nchemba is appointed home affairs minister (sworn in June 13).


United States: Former governor of Ohio (1991-98) George V. Voinovich dies.


Uganda: Former foreign minister (1971-73) Wanume Kibedi dies.


Canada: Former lieutenant governor of Quebec (1984-90) Gilles Lamontagne dies.
Macedonia: Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski resigns. On June 15 parliament approves Kiril Minoski as his replacement (67-19).


Japan: The governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe, resigns effective June 21. Vice Governor Tatsumi Ando then becomes acting governor.
Sri Lanka: Former governor of Western province (2002-15) Alavi Moulana dies.
Turks and Caicos Islands: John Freeman is appointed governor, to take office in October.


Brazil: Former acting governor of Paraíba (1986) Rivando Bezerra Cavalcânti dies.
Croatia: Parliament passes a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic (125-15).


Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo dissolves the cabinet of Prime Minister Vicente Ehate Tomi. On June 21 the president names Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as vice president in charge of defense and state security, and on June 22 Francisco Pascual Obama Asue as prime minister. On June 23 Obama Asue is sworn in and Vicente Eya Olomo appointed as defense minister, other key ministers being confirmed.


Argentina: Former governor of Córdoba (1973-74) Ricardo Obregón Cano dies.


Afghanistan: Parliament approves Abdullah Habibi as defense minister.
Cook Islands: In a parliamentary session not recognized by the government, a no-confidence vote is passed ousting Prime Minister Henry Puna, and Rose Brown is designated as new prime minister. However, Queen's Representative Tom Marsters on June 21 takes the government's side, declaring the session as invalid.
Lithuania: Rasa Budbergyte is appointed finance minister (sworn in June 23).

New Caledonia: Thierry Lataste takes office as high commissioner.
New Caledonia: Former high commissioner (1984-85) Edgard Pisani dies.


Maldives: Home Minister Umar Naseer resigns ahead of a reshuffle on June 22, in which Ahmed Zuhoor is given his portfolio while Abdulla Jihad becomes vice president and is replaced as finance minister by Ahmed Munawwar.


Finland: In a cabinet reshuffle, Petteri Orpo is appointed finance minister and Paula Risikko interior minister.
Russia: Former governor of Penza oblast (1998-2015) Vasily Bochkarev dies.
Syria: President Bashar al-Assad asks Imad Khamis to form a government.


Iceland: In presidential elections, Gudni Jóhannesson wins 39.1% of the vote, Halla Tómasdóttir 27.9%, Andri Snær Magnason 14.3%, and former prime minister Davíd Oddsson 13.7%. Jóhannesson is to take office August 1.


Spain: In parliamentary elections, the Popular Party wins 33.3% of the vote (137 of 350 seats), the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 22.8% (85), Unidos Podemos 21.3% (71), Ciudadanos 13.1% (32), the Republican Left of Catalonia 2.6% (9), Democratic Convergence of Catalonia 2% (8), and the Basque Nationalist Party 1.2% (5). Turnout is 69.8%.
Spain: Andrés Hernández Ros, former president of the Regional Council (1979-82) and of the Council of Government (1982-84) of Murcia, dies.


Malaysia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Johari Abdul Ghani is appointed second finance minister.
Nigeria: The Federal High Court invalidates the 2015 election of Okezie Victor Ikpeazu as governor of Abia and orders that Uche Ogah be installed as governor. Ikpeazu says he will appeal the decision and meanwhile remain as governor.


Grenada: In a cabinet reshuffle, Elvin Nimrod is appointed foreign minister, effective July 1.
United States: In mayoral elections in Tulsa, G.T. Bynum wins 56.2% of the vote and incumbent Dewey Bartlett, Jr., 38.4%.


China: Former governor of Jiangsu (1977-79) Xu Jiatun dies.
Mongolia: In parliamentary elections, the Mongolian People's Party wins 65 of 76 seats and the Democratic Party 9. Turnout is about 72%.
Nigeria: Former foreign minister (2007-10) Ojo Maduekwe dies.




Dominican Republic: Former foreign minister (1975-80) Ramón Emilio Jiménez hijo dies.
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in as president with his government including Perfecto Yasay, Jr., as foreign secretary (see May 9).