March 2018


Germany: The Landtag of Saarland elects Tobias Hans as minister-president (40-11).
Mexico: Former governor of Tamaulipas (1975-81) Enrique Cárdenas González dies.


Armenia: Armen Sarkisyan, the only candidate, is elected president by the National Assembly (90-10). He is to take office April 9.
Cameroon: In a cabinet reshuffle, Louis Paul Motaze is appointed as finance minister.
The Gambia: Former foreign minister (1987-94) Omar Sey dies.
Russia: Former chairman of the Government of National Revival of Chechnya (1995) Salambek Khadzhiyev dies.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in Tasmania, the Liberal Party wins 50.3% of the vote (13 of 25 seats), the Australian Labor Party 32.6% (10), and the Greens 10.3% (2). Turnout is 92.4%.


Austria: In state elections in Kärnten, the Social Democratic Party wins 47.7% of the vote (17 of 36 seats), the Freedom Party 23.4% (9), the Austrian People's Party 15.3% (7), Team Kärnten 5.8% (3), the Greens 3.0% (0), and New Austria 2.1% (0). Turnout is 63.6%.
El Salvador: In parliamentary elections, the Nationalist Republican Alliance wins 42.3% of the vote (37 of 84 seats), the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front 24.4% (23), the Grand Alliance for National Unity 11.4% (11), the National Coalition Party 10.8% (8), and the Christian Democratic Party 3.2% (3).
India: The chief ministers of Meghalaya, Mukul M. Sangma, and Tripura, Manik Sarkar, resign. On March 5 Conrad Sangma is invited to form a government in Meghalaya; he is sworn in as chief minister on March 6. Also on March 6 Biplab Kumar Deb is invited to form a government in Tripura; he is sworn in on March 9.
Italy: In parliamentary elections, the centre-right coalition wins 37.0% of the vote and at least 265 of 630 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (including the League 17.4% and Forza Italia 14%), the Five Star Movement 32.7% and at least 223, and the centre-left coalition 22.9% and at least 115 (including the Democratic Party 18.7%). In the Senate, the centre-right coalition wins 37.5% of the vote and at least 135 of 308 seats, the Five Star Movement 32.5% and at least 112, and the centre-left coalition 23.0% and at least 57. In regional elections in Lazio, Nicola Zingaretti (centre-left) is elected president with 32.9% of the vote, against 31.1% for Stefano Parisi (centre-right) and 27.0% for Roberta Lombardi (Five Star Movement); in Lombardia, Attilio Fontana (centre-right) is elected with 49.8% of the vote against 29.1% for Giorgio Gori (centre-left) and 17.4% for Dario Violi (Five Star Movement).


The Netherlands: Stef Blok is named foreign minister (sworn in March 7).


Germany: Horst Seehofer resigns as minister-president of Bayern, effective at the end of March 13. From March 14 Barbara Stamm and Ilse Aigner act in his place, until the election (99-64) of Markus Söder to the post on March 16.
India: The chief minister of Nagaland, T.R. Zeliang, resigns and Neiphiu Rio is designated chief minister (sworn in March 8).
Nigeria: Former governor of Nasarawa (2007-11) Aliyu Akwe Doma dies.
United States: The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, resigns and Vice Mayor David Briley is sworn in as mayor.


Argentina: Former president (1982-83) Reynaldo Bignone dies.
Sierra Leone: In the first round of presidential elections, Julius Maada Bio (Sierra Leone People's Party) wins 43.3% of the vote, Samura Kamara (All People's Congress) 42.7%, and Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (National Grand Coalition) 6.9%. The runoff is to take place March 27.
United States: Former governor of Nebraska (1979-83) Charles Thone dies.


United States: Former secretary of veterans affairs (1998-2000) Togo D. West, Jr., dies.


Canada: Angélique Bernard is named commissioner of Yukon; before she is sworn in on March 12, the senior justice of the Yukon Supreme Court, Ron Veale, is acting commissioner as the term of Administrator Gerald Isaac expired on March 8.
United States: Former governor of North Dakota (1985-92) George A. Sinner dies.


Nigeria: Former governor of Adamawa (1992-93) Saleh Michika dies.


Chile: Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as president.
Colombia: In parliamentary elections, the Liberal Party wins 16.6% of the vote and 35 of 166 elected seats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic Centre 16.0% (32), Radical Change 14.4% (30), the Social Party of National Unity 12.4% (25), the Conservative Party 12.2% (21), and the Green Alliance 5.9% (9). With 5 seats reserved for former rebel group FARC, now known as Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common People, and 1 for the vice-presidential runner-up in the upcoming presidential election, the total is 172. Turnout is 49.0%. In the Senate, the Democratic Centre wins 16.4% of the vote (19 of 102 elected seats), Radical Change 14.1% (16), the Conservative Party 12.6% (15), the Liberal Party 12.4% (14), the Social Party of National Unity 12.1% (14), and the Green Alliance 8.6% (10). With 5 seats reserved for FARC and 1 for the presidential runner-up, the total is 108. Turnout is 48.8%.
Cuba: In parliamentary elections, 605 candidates are elected unopposed to the 605 seats. Turnout is 82.9%.
Nepal: Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli wins a confidence vote in parliament (208-60).


Slovakia: Interior Minister Robert Kalinák resigns.
South Sudan: Finance Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau is dismissed. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit is named as new finance minister.


Germany: Olaf Scholz resigns as first mayor of Hamburg, effective the end of the day. From March 14 Katharina Fegebank is acting, until the expected election of Peter Tschentscher to the post on March 28.
Grenada: In parliamentary elections, the ruling New National Party wins 58.9% of the vote and all 15 seats and the National Democratic Congress 40.5%. Turnout is 73.7%.
Nepal: Bidhya Devi Bhandari is reelected as president by members of the national parliament (whose votes are weighted by the factor 79) and provincial assemblies (factor 48), receiving a vote of 39,275 against 11,730 for Kumari Laxmi Rai.
United States: President Donald Trump names Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Gina Haspel is to replace Pompeo as CIA director.


Germany: The Bundestag reelects Angela Merkel as chancellor (364-315). She is then appointed by the president and sworn in; thereafter the new cabinet is appointed, including Heiko Maas as foreign minister, Olaf Scholz as finance minister, Horst Seehofer as interior minister, and Ursula von der Leyen remaining defense minister.
Slovakia: Prime Minister Robert Fico offers to resign. He formally does so on March 15; President Andrej Kiska asks Peter Pellegrini to form a new government. On March 19 Pellegrini presents his cabinet, with Jozef Ráz to become interior minister.
Slovenia: Prime Minister Miro Cerar announces his resignation.


Nepal: The cabinet is expanded; Pradeep Gyawali takes office as foreign minister.
Sint Maarten: Governor Eugene Holiday names Theo Heyliger as formateur of a new government.


Australia: In parliamentary elections in South Australia, the Liberal Party wins at least 24 of 47 seats. On March 19 Steven Marshall is sworn in as premier.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bakir Izetbegovic becomes chairman of the Presidency.
China: Parliament reelects Xi Jinping as president (2,970-0) and elects Wang Qishan as vice president (2,969-1). On March 18 it reelects Li Keqiang as premier (2,964-2). On March 19 the new cabinet is endorsed, including Gen. Wei Fenghe as defense minister and Liu Kun as finance minister.
Mauritius: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim announces her resignation (effective March 23).
Vietnam: Former prime minister (1997-2006) Phan Van Khai dies.


Bolivia: Former foreign minister (1979-80) Julio Garret Ayllón dies.
Trinidad and Tobago: Paula Mae Weekes is sworn in as president.