February 2019


World Bank: Kristalina Georgieva takes office as acting president.


El Salvador: In presidential elections, Nayib Bukele (Grand Alliance for National Unity) wins 53.1% of the vote, Carlos Calleja (Nationalist Republican Alliance) 31.7%, and Hugo Martínez (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) 14.4%. Turnout is 51.9%.


United States: President Donald Trump nominates David Bernhardt as interior secretary.


Lesotho: In a cabinet reshuffle, Mokoto Hloaele is appointed as home affairs minister.


Poland: Former prime minister (1991-92) Jan Olszewski dies.


African Union: Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi becomes chairman.
Italy: In presidential elections in Abruzzo, Marco Marsilio (centre-right) is elected with 48.0% of the vote, against 31.3% for Giovanni Legnini (centre-left) and 20.2% for Sara Marcozzi (Five Star Movement). Turnout is 53.1%.
Nigeria: Former governor of Midwest Region (1966-67) David Ejoor dies.


Afghanistan: Massoud Andarabi is appointed as acting interior minister.
Afghanistan: Former interim president (1992) Sibghatullah Mojadedi dies.
Russia: Former head of the administration of Chelyabinsk oblast (1991-97) Vadim Solovyov dies.
Uzbekistan: Bakhodir Kurbanov is appointed defense minister.


Gabon: Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda is sworn in as defense minister.


Comoros: President Azali Assoumani takes leave as required by the constitution due to his candidacy in the coming presidential election, and Moustadroine Abdou becomes acting president. The governor of Ngazidja, Hassani Hamadi, is similarly replaced, Abdourahim Said Bacar becoming acting governor; so is the governor of Mwali, Mohamed Said Fazul, with Youssouf Said Moissi becoming acting governor.
Spain: Parliament rejects (191-158) the 2019 budget submitted by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. On February 15 Sánchez announces early elections for April 28.


United States: The Senate confirms (54-45) William P. Barr as attorney general. He is sworn in the same day.


Greece: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appoints Giorgos Katrougkalos as foreign minister (effective February 18).
Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government wins a confidence vote in parliament (111-6).


United States: Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration as UN ambassador.


Argentina: Former cabinet chief (1995-96) Eduardo Bauzá dies.
Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appoints Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz as acting foreign minister.
Japan: Kotaro Nagasaki takes office as governor of Yamanashi.


Burkina Faso: Prime Minister Christophe Dabiré wins a confidence vote in parliament (84-19 with 23 abstentions).
Norway: Former governor of Buskerud (1979-89) Ragnar Christiansen dies.


Congo (Kinshasa): Former foreign minister (1999-2000) Abdoulaye Yerodia Ndombasi dies.


Portugal: The government of Prime Minister António Costa survives a no-confidence motion in parliament (rejected 115-103).