March 2017


Lesotho: Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili loses a no-confidence vote in parliament.
Somalia: Hassan Ali Kheyre is confirmed by parliament and sworn in as prime minister. On March 21 he names his cabinet with Yusuf Garaad Omar as foreign minister, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed as defense minister, Abdi Farah Said as interior minister, and Abdirahman Duale Bayle as finance minister.
The Sudan: Bakri Hassan Saleh is appointed to the reinstated post of prime minister (sworn in March 2).
United States: Ryan Zinke is confirmed by the Senate (68-31) and sworn in as secretary of the interior. On March 2 Ben Carson is confirmed (58-41) as secretary of housing and urban development and Rick Perry (62-37) as secretary of energy; both are sworn in the same day. On March 15 Dan Coats is confirmed as director of national intelligence (85-12); he is sworn in on March 16.


Brazil: Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho is named foreign minister (taking office March 7).
United Kingdom: In parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party wins 28.1% of the vote (28 of 90 seats), Sinn Féin 27.9% (27), the Ulster Unionist Party 12.9% (10), the Social Democratic and Labour Party 11.9% (12), and the Alliance Party 9.1% (8). Turnout is 64.8%.


Haiti: Former prime minister (1991) and president (1996-2001, 2006-11) René Préval dies.


United States: Former agriculture secretary (1989-91) Clayton K. Yeutter dies.


Papua New Guinea: Former governor of Eastern Highlands (1998-2000) Damson Lafana dies.
Tonga: Finance Minister 'Aisake Eke resigns. He is to be replaced by Tevita Lavemaau. Siaosi Sovaleni is to take up the foreign affairs portfolio. On March 9 the king gives his consent to the reshuffle (retroactive to March 6).


Federated States of Micronesia: In parliamentary elections, 10 nonpartisan members are elected.
United States: In mayoral elections in Los Angeles, incumbent Eric Garcetti wins 81.4% of the vote.


India: In parliamentary elections in Manipur held on March 4 and 8, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 36.3% of the vote (21 of 60 seats), the Indian National Congress 35.1% (28), the Naga People's Front 7.2% (4), and the National People's Party 5.1% (4); on March 13 Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh resigns and Nongthombam Biren Singh is chosen to succeed him (sworn in March 15). In elections in Uttar Pradesh held February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, and March 4 and 8, the Bharatiya Janata Party wins 39.7% of the vote (312 of 403 seats), the Bahujan Samaj Party 22.2% (19), the Samajwadi Party 21.8% (47), and the Indian National Congress 6.2% (7); Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav resigns on March 11, and on March 18 Yogi Adityanath is designated as chief minister (sworn in March 19).
Nigeria: Former governor of Western region (1966-67) and Western state (1968-71) Robert Adeyinka Adebayo dies.
Philippines: A parliamentary commission rejects the appointment of Perfecto Yasay, Jr., as foreign secretary, effectively dismissing him. On March 9 President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Enrique Manalo as acting secretary.


European Union: Donald Tusk is reelected (27-1) as president of the European Council.
Nigeria: Former administrator (1967-68) and governor (1968-75) of Mid-Western state and governor of Bendel (1983) Samuel Ogbemudia dies.


South Korea: The Constitutional Court upholds the Dec. 9, 2016, parliamentary impeachment of President Park Geun Hye and definitively removes her from office.
Mexico: Former governor of Chiapas (1982-88) Absalón Castellanos Domínguez dies.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in Western Australia, the Labor Party wins 42.2% of the vote (41 of 59 seats), the Liberal Party 31.2% (13), the Greens 8.9% (0), the National Party 5.4% (5), and One Nation 4.9% (0). Turnout is about 87%. On March 17 Mark McGowan is sworn in as premier.
France: Former president of the Regional Council of Champagne-Ardenne (1998-2004) Jean-Claude Étienne dies.
India: The chief ministers of Goa and Uttarakhand, Laxmikant Parsekar and Harish Rawat, resign. On March 12 Manohar Parrikar is appointed chief minister of Goa (resigning as defense minister on March 13, the portfolio being given to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; then sworn in on March 14 and winning a confidence vote, 22-16, in the state assembly on March 16) and Parkash Singh Badal resigns as chief minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh being designated as chief minister (sworn in March 16). On March 17 Trivendra Singh Rawat is designated as chief minister of Uttarakhand (sworn in March 18).


Georgia: In the first round of parliamentary elections in Abkhazia (turnout about 56%), 12 members are elected (of a total of 35 seats). A second round will be necessary in 22 constituencies and the election will be re-run in one district due to irregularities.
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Former governor (1975-81) Sir Probyn Inniss dies.


Albania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Fatmir Xhafaj is named interior minister. He is endorsed by parliament (76-0) on March 23 and sworn in on March 24.
Haiti: Prime minister-designate Jack Guy Lafontant presents his cabinet nominations, including Antonio Rodrigue as foreign minister, Hervé Denis as defense minister, Max Rudolph Saint-Albin as interior minister, and Jude Alix Patrick Salomon as finance minister. Lafontant wins confidence votes in the Senate (20-0) on March 16 and the Chamber of Deputies (95-6) on March 21, being sworn in that same day.
Hungary: Parliament reelects János Áder as president. In the first round of voting, with a two-thirds majority (133 of 199 members) required, he receives 131 votes against 44 for László Majtényi; in the second, with a simple majority sufficient, the vote is 131-39.
Jersey: Sir Stephen Dalton is sworn in as lieutenant governor.


African Union: Moussa Faki takes office as chairman of the Commission.


Morocco: King Muhammad VI dismisses Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, who was unable to form a new government following the October 2016 elections. On March 17 the king names Saadeddine El Othmani as prime minister.
The Netherlands: In parliamentary elections, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy wins 21.3% of the vote (33 of 150 seats), the Party for Freedom 13.1% (20), the Christian Democratic Appeal 12.5% (19), Democrats 66 12% (19), the Socialist Party 9.2% (14), Green Left 8.9% (14), the Labour Party 5.7% (9), the Christian Union 3.4% (5), the Party for the Animals 3.1% (5), and 50PLUS 3.1% (4). Turnout is 80.4%.


Lithuania: Former prime minister (1996) Laurynas Mindaugas Stankevicius dies.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Saratov oblast, Valery Radayev, whose regular term would have expired April 5, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.
Uzbekistan: Former chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1978-83) and first secretary of the Communist Party (1983-88) of the Uzbek S.S.R. Inamdzhan Usmankhodzhayev dies.


Germany: Frank-Walter Steinmeier takes office as president.


Timor-Leste: In presidential elections, Francisco Guterres (Fretilin) wins 57.1% of the vote and António da Conceiçăo (Democratic Party) 32.5%. Turnout is 71.2%. Guterres will take office May 20.


France: Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux resigns. He is replaced by Matthias Fekl (taking office March 22).


Saint Kitts and Nevis: Former governor-general (1996-2013) Sir Cuthbert Sebastian dies.


China: Carrie Lam is elected as chief executive of Hong Kong with 777 votes in the 1,194-member election committee, defeating John Tsang (365) and Woo Kwok-hing (21). She will take office on July 1.