December 2017


New Caledonia: In the fourth attempt, the government reelects Philippe Germain as president (10 of 11 votes). On December 6 the allocation of portfolios is announced with Nicolas Metzdorf as budget minister.
Norway: Former governor of Nordland (1991-2007) Ĺshild Hauan dies.
Slovakia: Milan Majerský takes office as governor of Presovský kraj.
United States: Tim Keller takes office as mayor of Albuquerque.


France: In the first round of territorial elections in Corsica, For Corsica (nationalists) wins 45.4% of the vote, Way of the Future (regionalist right) 15%, Voir plus Grand (linked to the Republicans) 12.8%, Go for Tomorrow (linked to La République en marche) 11.3%, Renewal (independentists) 6.7%, Corse insoumise-Communist Party 5.7%, and the National Front 3.3%; turnout is 52.1%. Lists receiving at least 7% participate in the second round on December 10. For Corsica wins 56.5% of the vote (41 of 63 seats), Way of the Future 18.3% (10), Go for Tomorrow 12.7% (6), and Voir plus Grand 12.6% (6); turnout is 52.5%.


European Union: Former acting president of the European Commission (1999) Manuel Marín dies.
The Gambia: Habib Saihou Drammeh is appointed interior minister.
Montserrat: Andrew Pearce is appointed governor, to take office in January 2018.
Sierra Leone: In a cabinet reshuffle, Kaifala Marah is named foreign minister, Alfred Palo Conteh defense minister, and Ismael Sengu Koroma internal affairs minister.
Slovakia: Ján Lunter takes office as governor of Banskobystrický kraj, Juraj Droba as governor of Bratislavský kraj, Rastislav Trnka as governor of Kosický kraj, Jozef Viskupic as governor of Trnavský kraj, and Erika Jurinová as governor of Zilinský kraj.
United States: Gavin Buckley is sworn in as mayor of Annapolis and Vi Lyles as mayor of Charlotte.
Yemen: Former president of Yemen (Sana) (1978-90) and of Yemen (1990-2012) Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed.


Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri rescinds his resignation.
Romania: Former king (1927-30, 1940-47) Mihai I dies.
Solomon Islands: Commins Mewa is sworn in as home affairs minister.
United States: The Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of homeland security (62-37). She is sworn in on December 6.
United States: In the mayoral runoff in Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms (Democrat) wins 50.4% of the vote and Mary Norwood (Independent) 49.6%.


Czech Republic: Andrej Babis is named prime minister. His government is sworn in on December 13, including Martin Stropnický as foreign minister, Karla Slechtová as defense minister, Lubomír Metnar as interior minister, and Alena Schillerová as finance minister.
Switzerland: Parliament elects Alain Berset as president for 2018 (190 of 210 votes) and Ueli Maurer as vice president (178 of 192 votes).


Liberia: The Supreme Court authorizes the organization of the presidential runoff between George Weah and Joseph Boakai (subsequently set for December 26).
Poland: Prime Minister Beata Szydlo survives a no-confidence vote in parliament (rejected 239-168) but resigns the same day. Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is nominated to replace her. On December 8 President Andrzej Duda formally asks Morawiecki to form a cabinet. On December 11 the cabinet is announced with no change in key portfolios and it is sworn in. On December 12 it wins a confidence vote in parliament (243-192).


Kuwait: In a cabinet reshuffle, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah is named defense minister and Nayef Falah al-Hajraf finance minister.


Argentina: Former foreign minister (1982-83) Juan Ramón Aguirre Lanari, former governor of Formosa (1983-87) Floro Bogado, and former governor of Misiones (1981-83) Juan Manuel Bayón die.
Mozambique: In a cabinet reshuffle, José Pacheco is named foreign minister.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization: The term of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is extended by two years, to Sept. 30, 2020.
United States: The mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, dies. London Breed becomes acting mayor.


Germany: The Landtag of Sachsen elects Michael Kretschmer as minister-president (69-48).
Somalia: Muse Bihi Abdi is sworn in as president of Somaliland. He takes office December 14.


Tokelau: Ross Ardern is appointed as administrator, to take office in early 2018.