August 2018


India: Bhishma Narain Singh, former governor of Assam (1984-89), Meghalaya (1984-89), Sikkim (1985), Arunachal Pradesh (1987), and Tamil Nadu (1991-93) and lieutenant governor of Pondicherry (1993), dies.
Morocco: Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid is dismissed. On August 2 Abdelkader Amara is appointed acting finance minister. On August 20 Mohamed Benchaaboun is appointed and sworn in as finance minister.


Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain accepts the resignation of the governor of Sindh, Muhammad Zubair, and the speaker of the provincial assembly, Agha Siraj Durrani, becomes acting governor.


Haiti: President Jovenel Moïse nominates Jean-Henry Céant as prime minister.
Trinidad and Tobago: In a cabinet reshuffle, Stuart Young is named minister of national security.


United States: Former secretary of health and human services (1983-85) Margaret M. Heckler and former governor of Nevada (1967-71) Paul Laxalt die.


Colombia: Iván Duque is sworn in as president with his cabinet (see July 13).
India: Former chief minister of Tamil Nadu (1969-76, 1989-91, 1996-2001, 2006-11) Kalaignar Muthuvel Karunanidhi dies.
Kazakhstan: Nurlan Yermekbayev is appointed defense minister.


Japan: The governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, dies. Deputy Governor Kiichiro Jahana temporarily assumes his duties.
Slovenia: A coalition of centre-left parties nominates Marjan Sarec as prime minister. He is approved with 55 votes in the 90-seat parliament on August 17.


Bhutan: Chief Justice Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is appointed chief advisor of a pre-election interim government. On August 10 portfolios are assigned, Wangchuk taking responsibility for home and foreign affairs and Dasho Karma Ura becoming finance advisor.


Argentina: Former governor of Tierra del Fuego (1981-83) Raúl Eduardo Suárez del Cerro dies.
Mali: In the presidential runoff, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Rally for Mali) wins 67.2% of the vote and Soumaïla Cissé (Union for the Republic and Democracy) 32.8%. Turnout is 34.5%.


India: The governor of Chhattisgarh, Balramji Dass Tandon, dies. The governor of Madhya Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, is given additional charge of Chhattisgarh (sworn in August 15).


Pakistan: The governor of Punjab, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, resigns. The president accepts the resignation on August 18 and the speaker of the provincial assembly, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, becomes acting governor.
Paraguay: Mario Abdo Benítez is sworn in as president. His cabinet includes Luis Castiglioni as foreign minister, Gen. Bernardino Soto as defense minister, Juan Ernesto Villamayor as interior minister, and Benigno López as finance minister.


India: Former foreign minister (1977-79, 1996, 1998) and prime minister (1996, 1998-2004) Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies.
Pakistan: Syed Murad Ali Shah is elected chief minister of Sindh, defeating Sheryar Mehr 97-61; he is sworn in on August 18. Mahmood Khan is elected chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, defeating Mian Nisar Gul 77-33; he is sworn in on August 17.


Pakistan: Imran Khan is elected prime minister, winning 176 votes against 96 for Shahbaz Sharif. Khan is sworn in on August 18. He names a cabinet (sworn in August 20) including Shah Mehmood Qureshi as foreign minister, Pervez Khattak as defense minister, and Asad Umar as finance minister; Khan himself keeps the interior portfolio.


Belarus: President Alyaksandr Lukashenka dismisses Prime Minister Andrey Kabyakow and names Syarhey Rumas in his place.
Pakistan: Jam Kamal Khan is elected chief minister of Balochistan. He receives 39 votes, against 20 for Yunas Aziz Zehri. He is sworn in on August 19.
United Nations: Former secretary-general (1997-2006) Kofi Annan dies.


Pakistan: Usman Buzdar is elected chief minister of Punjab. He receives 186 votes, against 159 for Hamza Shahbaz Sharif. Buzdar is sworn in on August 20.


Australia: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton resigns. Scott Morrison becomes acting home affairs minister.