April 2017


Paraguay: Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas is dismissed and Lorenzo Darío Lezcano named acting interior minister.


San Marino: Mimma Zavoli (Civic10) and Vanessa D'Ambrosio (Democratic Socialist Left) take office as captains-regent.


Armenia: In parliamentary elections, the Republican Party of Armenia wins 49.1% of the vote (55 of 101 seats), the Tsarukyan alliance 27.3% (30), the Yelk (Way Out) alliance 7.8% (9), and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation 6.6% (7). Turnout is 60.9%.
Ecuador: In the presidential runoff, Lenín Moreno wins 51.1% of the vote and Guillermo Lasso 48.9%. Turnout is 82.9%.
Saint-Martin: Daniel Gibbs is elected president of the Territorial Council (18 votes).
Serbia: In presidential elections, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic wins about 56% of the vote, Sasa Jankovic about 17%, and Luka Maksimovic about 10%. Turnout is about 54%.


Pakistan: Former governor of Sindh (1999-2000) Azim Daudpota dies.
Philippines: Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno is dismissed. On April 5 Catalino Cuy is named officer in charge of the department.
Russia: The president of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, relieves Ildar Khalikov from his post of prime minister. First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksey Pesoshin becomes acting prime minister.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin dismisses the head of the republic of Udmurtia, Aleksandr Solovyov, and appoints Aleksandr Brechalov as acting head of the republic.
United States: In mayoral elections in St. Louis, Lyda Krewson (Democrat) wins 67.5% of the vote, Andrew Jones (Republican) 17.3%, and Larry Rice (Independent) 10.5%. Krewson is sworn in on April 18.
Wallis and Futuna: David Vergé is elected president of the Territorial Assembly (11 votes).


Morocco: The new government of Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani is named with Nasser Bourita as foreign minister and Abdelouafi Laftit as interior minister, while Abdellatif Loudiyi remains minister-delegate in charge of defense and Mohamed Boussaid finance minister.
Switzerland: Manuele Bertoli takes office as president of the Council of State of Ticino.


Austria: Thomas Stelzer is elected Landeshauptmann of Oberösterreich (51 of 55 votes).
Brazil: Former governor of Piauí (1986-87) José Raimundo Bona Medeiros dies.
Congo (Kinshasa): Prime Minister Samy Badibanga resigns, a day after President Joseph Kabila announced he was going to appoint a new prime minister. Kabila names Bruno Tshibala on April 7.
The Gambia: In parliamentary elections, the United Democratic Party wins 31 of 53 elected seats, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction 5, the National Reconciliation Party 5, the Gambia Democratic Congress 5, and the People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism 4. With 5 appointed members, the total is 58 seats.
Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Mari El, Leonid Markelov, and appoints Aleksandr Yevstifeyev as acting head of the republic until elections.


China: Xu Qin is appointed acting governor of Hebei.
Cook Islands: The resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Albert Nicholas is announced.


Mali: Defense Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga is named prime minister. He takes office April 10. On April 11 a cabinet is named including Tiéna Coulibaly as defense minister and Tieman Coulibaly as minister of territorial administration.


Georgia: In presidential elections in South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov wins 54.8% of the vote, incumbent Leonid Tibilov 33.7%, and Alan Gagloyev 10.2%. Turnout is 79.6%. Bibilov takes office April 21.


United States: The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, resigns. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is sworn in as governor.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the head of the republic of Mordovia, Vladimir Volkov, and appoints him as acting head of the republic until elections.


Canada: Former commissioner of Yukon Territory (1966-76) James Smith dies.
India: Former governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1990-93, 1998-2003) Girish Chandra Saxena dies.


Russia: President Vladimir Putin accepts the resignation of the governor of Sverdlovsk oblast, Yevgeny Kuivashev, whose regular term would have expired May 29, and appoints him as acting governor until elections.


Congo (Kinshasa): The provincial assembly of Haut-Katanga passes a motion of no confidence in Governor Jean-Claude Kazembe Musonda (24-0).


Albania: Parliament fails to elect a president in the first round as no candidates are nominated, the ruling coalition attempting to bring the opposition, which has been boycotting parliament since February, into the process. The second round on April 20 fails likewise.
Austria: Johanna Mikl-Leitner is elected Landeshauptfrau of Niederösterreich (52 of 56 votes).


Nigeria: Former governor of Osun (1992-93) Isiaka Adeleke dies.