November 2017


Japan: Shinzo Abe is reelected prime minister, winning 312 votes in the 465-seat lower house. He appoints an unchanged cabinet.
Kuwait: The emir reappoints Sheikh Jabir Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah as prime minister.
Liberia: The Supreme Court orders the presidential runoff scheduled for November 7 halted while the results of the first round are challenged.
Solomon Islands: Moses Garu is sworn in as home affairs minister and Jimson Fiau Tanagada as minister of national security.
Switzerland: Ignazio Cassis takes office as foreign minister.
United Kingdom: Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigns. On November 2 Gavin Williamson is appointed in his place.


Iceland: Katrín Jakobsdóttir (Left-Green Movement) is asked to form a government.
Sint Maarten: Parliament passes a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister William Marlin (8-6). On November 7 Governor Eugene Holiday names Franklin Meyers as formateur of an interim government. On November 10 parliament votes to discharge Marlin and to have his deputy Rafael Boasman become interim prime minister, calling on Governor Holiday to effectuate the change.


Bangladesh: Former president (1991-96) Abdur Rahman Biswas dies.


Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns while in Saudi Arabia. President Michel Aoun subsequently says he will wait for Hariri to return before acting on the matter. On November 22, back in Lebanon, Hariri agrees to put his resignation on hold.
Slovakia: Results of gubernatorial elections:


Canada: In mayoral elections in Montreal, Valérie Plante wins 51.4% of the vote and incumbent Denis Coderre 45.6%; turnout is 42.5%; Plante is sworn in November 16. In Québec, incumbent Régis Labeaume wins 55.3%, Jean-François Gosselin 27.6%, and Anne Guérette 14.6%; turnout is 50.9%. In Gatineau, incumbent Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin is reelected with 45.1% of the vote, against 30% for Denis Tassé and 17.5% for Sylvie Goneau; turnout is 38.5%.
Italy: In presidential elections in Sicilia, Nello Musumeci (centre-right) is elected with 39.8% of the vote, while Giancarlo Cancelleri (Five Star Movement) wins 34.7% and Fabrizio Micari (centre-left) 18.7%. Musumeci takes office November 18.


Solomon Islands: Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is ousted in a parliamentary no-confidence vote (27-23). On November 15 Rick Hou is elected prime minister, receiving 33 votes against 16 for John Moffat Fugui. On November 16 most of Hou's cabinet is sworn in, including Sogavare as finance minister, Jimson Fiau Tanagada as home affairs minister, and Moses Garu as national security minister.
Zimbabwe: Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is removed from his post.


United States: In gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, Phil Murphy (Democrat) defeats Kim Guadagno (Republican), 56%-42%. In Virginia, Ralph Northam (Dem.) defeats Ed Gillespie (Rep.), 54%-45%. Results of mayoral elections:


Falkland Islands: In parliamentary elections, 8 nonpartisan members are elected.


The Gambia: Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty is dismissed; the portfolio is assigned to Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: In a cabinet reshuffle, Camillo Gonsalves is appointed as finance minister.


Nepal: Former foreign minister (1963-68, 1971-72, 1979) and prime minister (1969-70, 1971-73, 1977-79) Kirti Nidhi Bista dies.


Equatorial Guinea: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea and allied parties win 99 of 100 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (Citizens for Innovation winning 1) and all 75 seats in the Senate. Turnout is about 84%.
Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Hiroshima, incumbent Hidehiko Yuzaki wins 90.1% of the vote and Atsumi Takami 9.9%. Turnout is 31.1%.
Slovenia: In the presidential runoff, incumbent Borut Pahor wins 52.9% of the vote and Marjan Sarec 47.1%. Turnout is 41.7%.


Georgia: In a cabinet reshuffle, Giorgi Gakharia is named interior minister and Mamuka Bakhtadze finance minister.
Somalia: In presidential elections in Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi (Kulmiye party) wins 55% of the vote and Abdirahman Mohamed Abdillahi Irro (Waddani party) 40.8%. Turnout is about 80%.
United States: President Donald Trump nominates Alex Azar as secretary of health and human services.


China: Former governor of Shaanxi (1987-90) Hou Zongbin dies.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Albuquerque, Tim Keller (Democrat) wins 62.2% of the vote and Dan Lewis (Republican) 37.8%.


Italy: Former president of Valle d'Aosta (1974-84) Mario Andrione dies.
Tonga: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party wins 14 of the 17 popularly elected seats and independents 3. With 9 seats for nobles' representatives the total is 26.


Aruba: The new government is installed with Evelyn Wever-Croes as prime minister and Xiomara Ruiz-Maduro as finance minister.
Canada: The members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, assembled in a Leadership Forum, elect Paul Quassa as premier. He defeats Joe Savikataaq, Cathy Towtongie, and Patterk Netser in a secret ballot. This election is ratified by the Legislative Assembly on November 21, when Quassa is sworn in.


Burkina Faso: Former prime minister (1992-94) and foreign minister (1999-2007) Youssouf Ouedraogo dies.
Nigeria: In gubernatorial elections in Anambra, incumbent Willie Obiano (All Progressives Grand Alliance) wins 55.4% of the vote, Tony Nwoye (All Progressives Congress) 23.4%, and Oseloka Obaze (People's Democratic Party) 16.6%.
United States: In mayoral elections in New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell (Democrat) wins 60.4% of the vote and Desirée Charbonnet (Democrat) 39.6%.


Chile: In the first round of presidential elections, former president Sebastián Pińera wins 36.6% of the vote, Alejandro Guillier 22.7%, Beatriz Sánchez 20.3%, José Antonio Kast 7.9%, Carolina Goic 5.9%, and Marco Enríquez-Ominami 5.7%.


Tunisia: Former foreign minister (1990) Ismail Khelil dies.


Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe resigns.