June 2018



Italy: Giuseppe Conte is sworn in as prime minister with his cabinet (including Enzo Moavero Milanesi as foreign minister; see May 21). The government wins confidence votes in the Senate (171-117) on June 5 and the Chamber of Deputies (350-236) on June 6.

Pakistan: Nasir-ul-Mulk takes office as caretaker prime minister. On June 5 the caretaker cabinet is named and sworn in, with Abdullah Hussain Haroon as foreign and defense minister, Azam Khan as interior minister, and Shamshad Akhtar as finance minister. Caretaker chief ministers are also sworn in: Fazlur Rehman in Sindh on June 2, Dost Mohammad Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on June 6, and Hasan Askari Rizvi in Punjab and Alauddin Marri in Balochistan on June 8.
Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy loses a no-confidence vote (180-169). Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion, thus becomes prime minister (sworn in June 2). On June 6 he names his government (sworn in June 7), including Josep Borrell as foreign minister, Margarita Robles as defense minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska as interior minister, and María Jesús Montero as finance minister.
Switzerland: Laurent Kurth becomes president of the Council of State of Neuchâtel, Stefan Kölliker president of the government of Sankt Gallen, Cornelia Komposch president of the government of Thurgau, and Roger Nager Landammann of Uri.
United States: Mike Parson is sworn in as governor of Missouri.


Spain: In Catalonia, the cabinet of President Quim Torra is sworn in (including Ernest Maragall as external action minister; see May 12), ending the suspension of autonomy.


Brazil: In gubernatorial elections in Tocantins, acting incumbent Mauro Carlesse (Humanist Party of Solidarity) wins 30.3% of the vote, Vicentinho Alves (Party of the Republic) 22.2%, Carlos Amastha (Brazilian Socialist Party) 21.4%, Kátia Abreu (Democratic Labour Party) 15.7%, and Márlon Reis (Sustainability Network) 9.9%. Turnout is 69.9%. A runoff will be held on June 24.
North Korea: It is reported, based on South Korean intelligence sources, that No Kwang Chol was appointed defense minister on May 17.
Slovenia: In parliamentary elections, the Slovenian Democratic Party wins 24.9% of the vote (25 of 90 seats), the List of Marjan Sarec 12.7 (13), the Social Democrats 9.9% (10), the Modern Centre Party 9.8% (10), the Left 9.3% (9), New Slovenia 7.1% (7), the Party of Alenka Bratusek 5.1% (5), the Democratic Party of Pensioners 4.9% (5), and the Slovenian National Party 4.2% (4). Turnout is 52.0%.
United States: Former national security advisor (1986-87) and defense secretary (1987-89) Frank Carlucci dies.


Jersey: John Le Fondré is elected chief minister, defeating incumbent Ian Gorst 30-19. On June 7 the parliament elects the members of the cabinet, including Gorst as external relations minister, Len Norman as home affairs minister, and Susie Pinel as treasury minister.
Jordan: Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns. Omar al-Razzaz is asked to form a new government. He is sworn in as prime minister on June 14, with a government including himself as defense minister and Izzeddin Kanakrieh as finance minister; Ayman Safadi remains foreign minister and Samir Mubaidin interior minister.
Madagascar: Prime Minister Solonandrasana Olivier Mahafaly resigns. Christian Ntsay is named prime minister; he takes office June 6. On June 11 the new government is named, with Eloi Alphonse Maxime Dovo as foreign minister and Tianaharivelo Razafimahefa as interior minister; Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina remains defense minister and Vonintsalama Sehenosoa Andriambololona finance minister.
Peru: Finance Minister David Tuesta resigns. On June 7 Carlos Oliva is appointed and sworn in as finance minister.
Switzerland: Christoph Neuhaus is elected president of the government of Bern.


Egypt: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail resigns after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term on June 2. On June 7 Sisi appoints Mostafa Madbouli as acting prime minister and asks him to form a government. On June 14 the new government is sworn in, including Mohamed Zaki as defense minister, Mahmoud Tawfik as interior minister, and Mohamed Maait as finance minister; Sameh Shoukry remains foreign minister.
United States: In mayoral elections in San Francisco, London Breed wins 36.7% of the vote, Mark Leno 24.5%, and Jane Kim 24.2%; after reallocation of ranked votes, Breed defeats Leno 50.6%-49.4%.


Azerbaijan: The minister of state of Artsakh, Araik Arutyunyan, resigns and is replaced by Grigory Martirosyan.
Czech Republic: President Milos Zeman asks Prime Minister Andrej Babis to form a new cabinet.
Tunisia: Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem is dismissed, Justice Minister Ghazi Jeribi taking the portfolio in the interim.


Canada: In parliamentary elections in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative Party wins 40.5% of the vote (76 of 124 seats), the New Democratic Party 33.6% (40), the Liberal Party 19.6% (7), and the Green Party 4.6% (1). Turnout is 58.0%.
Ukraine: Parliament votes to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk. Oksana Markarova is appointed acting finance minister; she takes office June 8.


Ecuador: José Valencia is named foreign minister; he is officially appointed on June 12.


Japan: In gubernatorial elections in Niigata, Hideyo Hanazumi is elected with 49.6% of the vote, against 46.2% for Chikako Ikeda. Turnout is 58.2%.


Mauritania: In a cabinet reshuffle, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is named foreign minister.


Brazil: Former governor of Santa Catarina (1975-79, 1994-95) Antônio Carlos Konder Reis dies.


Cayman Islands: Governor Anwar Choudhury is suspended from office. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson becomes acting governor.
Georgia: Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigns. On June 14 the parliamentary majority names Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze as prime minister candidate. On June 18 President Giorgi Margvelashvili submits to parliament Bakhtadze's candidacy and the list of his cabinet, including Davit Zalkaliani as foreign minister and Nikoloz Gagua as finance minister, with Levan Izoria to remain defense minister and Giorgi Gakharia internal affairs minister.


Canada: The premier of Nunavut, Paul Quassa, loses a no-confidence vote (16-3). The members of the Legislative Assembly immediately assemble in a Leadership Forum, which in a first round of secret balloting, opposing Lorne Kusugak, Patterk Netser, and Joe Savikataaq, fails to elect a new premier. In the second round, Savikataaq is elected, defeating Kusugak, and the election is then ratified by the Legislative Assembly and he takes office.
Cook Islands: In parliamentary elections, the Democratic Party wins 11 of 24 seats, the Cook Islands Party 10, One Cook Islands 1, and independents 2.
Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro names Delcy Rodríguez as executive vice president.


Papua New Guinea: The governor of Southern Highlands, William Powi, is suspended and Thomas Eluh appointed controller of the state of emergency.


Greece: The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras survives a no-confidence vote, which is rejected 153-127.


Colombia: In the presidential runoff, Iván Duque wins 56.4% of the vote and Gustavo Petro 43.6%.


Indonesia: Mochamad Iriawan is installed as acting governor of Jawa Barat, after Ahmad Heryawan's term ended on June 13.


India: The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, resigns.
Malaysia: Amirudin Shari is sworn in as chief minister of Selangor.
Vanuatu: A no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is defeated 38-11.