Ba, Babacar (b. June 14, 1930, Kaolack, Senegal - d. Dec. 13, 2006, Dakar, Senegal), finance and economic affairs minister (1971-78) and foreign minister (1978) of Senegal.
Ba, Ousmane (b. 1919, Segou, French Sudan [now Mali] - d. Oct. 24, 1999), foreign minister of Mali (1964-68).
Ba Maw (b. Feb. 8, 1893, Maubin, Burma [now Myanmar] - d. May 29, 1977, Rangoon [now Yangon]), Burmese politician. He first came to prominence in 1931 as defense lawyer for the Burmese rebel leader Saya San in the colonial courts. He became a prominent opponent of Britain's plan to separate Burma from India, since he believed that a separate Burma would receive a much smaller measure of self-rule than India as a result, but he reversed his position in 1934, agreeing to support the pro-separationists in a coalition government. That year he was made minister of education. In 1936 he founded the Sinyetha (Poor Man's) Party. When the new constitution, providing for separation of Burma from India, went into effect on April 1, 1937, he became the first premier. He attended the coronation of King George VI and held office until he was defeated by a coalition in February 1939. After his defeat, Ba Maw allied with other Burmese leaders to form the Freedom Bloc, which opposed Burma's participation with the Allies in World War II. In August 1940 he was arrested by the British for sedition and remained in prison until the Japanese invasion in 1942. During the Japanese occupation, he was adipati (head of state) of a theoretically independent Burma (1943-45), although the country was actually a Japanese satellite. He fled to Japan when the Allies reentered Burma. Eventually captured, he was imprisoned by the Americans in Sugawo prison in Tokyo from December 1945 to July 1946. Returning to Burma after his release, he founded the Mahabama (Greater Burma) Party but this had little success. He was again jailed from August to December 1947 on suspicion of complicity in the assassinations of Aung San and other leading ministers in July 1947.
Ba Swe (b. Oct. 7, 1915, Onbinkwin, Burma [now Myanmar] - d. December 1987), prime minister of Burma (1956-57).
Ba U (b. May 26, 1887, Bassein, Burma [now Myanmar] - d. Nov. 9, 1963), president of Burma (1952-57). He was knighted in 1947 but upon becoming president became known as Dr. Ba U rather than Sir Ba U.
Baah, Kwame R.M. (b. May 21, 1938, Dormaa Ahenkro, Brong Ahafo region, Gold Coast [now Ghana] - d. 1997), foreign minister of Ghana (1972-75).
Baal, Jan van (b. Nov. 25, 1909, Scheveningen, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - d. Aug. 9, 1992, Doorn, Utrecht, Netherlands), governor of Netherlands New Guinea (1953-58).
Baba, Tupeni (Labaivalu), foreign minister of Fiji (1999-2000).
Babac, Branko (b. March 28, 1939, Zara, Italy [now Zadar, Croatia]), justice minister of Croatia (1990-91).
Babacan, Ali (b. 1967, Ankara, Turkey), foreign minister of Turkey (2007-09).
Babalola, Remi (b. Sept. 8, 1964, in present Oyo state, Nigeria), Nigerian politician; acting minister for the Federal Capital Territory (2008).
Babamine, Cheikh Sid'Ahmed Ould (b. 1946, Tichitt, Mauritania), interior minister (1980) and foreign minister (1984) of Mauritania. Between 1985 and 2005 he was ambassador to Nigeria, Benin, Algeria, China, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates.
Babangida, Ibrahim (Badamasi) (b. Aug. 17, 1941, Minna, Niger state, Nigeria), military leader of Nigeria (1985-93). After holding various military commands, in 1975 he was sworn in as a member of Murtala Mohammed's Supreme Military Council (SMC). He played a vital role in suppressing the attempted coup of Feb. 13, 1976, when, unarmed, he walked into the rebel-held radio station. During the 30-month civil war he distinguished himself as an able frontline soldier. Babangida was generally credited with masterminding the coup that overthrew Pres. Alhaji Shehu Shagari at the end of 1983, and he supported Muhammadu Buhari as the new head of state. Under Buhari he was chief of army staff and a member of the SMC. Babangida took power in Nigeria's sixth military coup, on Aug. 27, 1985. He was a very different soldier from the austere and remote Buhari. Major General Babangida was a tough character, with a reputation for personal courage and decisiveness, who enjoyed the respect and loyalty of the soldiers who were the basis of his power. He made a virtual clean sweep of the old faces, retaining only six of Buhari's ministers. He told his new ministers that they had been selected on their merits and not for regional or tribal reasons and stated that he intended to run "a government of action committed to a program with clear economic and social goals." He insisted that it had to be an open government; ministers did not know all the answers, and they should be ready to consult with others. He was also determined to defend human rights, and one of his first actions was to release political detainees. He was OAU chairman in 1991-92. He allowed presidential elections in 1993, but annulled the results. He stepped down and handed power over to a nonelected interim government.
Babanov, Omurbek (Toktogulovich) (b. May 20, 1970, Shymkent village, Talas oblast, Kirgiz S.S.R.), prime minister of Kyrgyzstan (2011-12).
Babar, Naseerullah Khan (b. 1928, Ismail Khel, North-West Frontier Province, India [now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan] - d. Jan. 10, 2011, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan), governor of the North-West Frontier Province (1976-77) and interior minister of Pakistan (1993-96).
Babauta, Juan N(ekai) (b. Sept. 7, 1953, Tanapag, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands), governor of the Northern Mariana Islands (2002-06).
Babbitt, Bruce (Edward) (b. June 27, 1938, Los Angeles, Calif.), governor of Arizona (1978-87) and U.S. secretary of the interior (1993-2001).
Babcock, Tim M(ilford) (b. Oct. 27, 1919, Littlefork, Minn. - d. April 7, 2015, Helena, Mont.), governor of Montana (1962-69).
Babel, Jean (Baptiste) (b. Nov. 6, 1921, Petit-Lancy, Genève, Switzerland - d. Nov. 20, 2005, Onex, Genève), president of the Council of State of Genève (1969-70, 1975-76).
Babenko, Vladimir (Dmitriyevich) (b. Jan. 20, 1931 - d. April 24, 1996), head of the administration of Tambov oblast (1991-95).
Babic, Milan (b. Feb. 26, 1956, Kukar village, Sinj municipality, Croatia - d. March 5, 2006, The Hague, Netherlands), president (1991-92) and prime minister (1995) of Krajina. On June 29, 2004, he was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague for inflaming an ethnic cleansing campaign of "ruthlessness and savagery." He committed suicide in his cell.
Babich, Mikhail (Viktorovich) (b. May 12, 1969, Moscow, Russian S.F.S.R.), prime minister of Chechnya (2002-03) and plenipotentiary of the Russian president in Privolzhsky federal district (2011- ).
Babichev, Vladimir (Stepanovich) (b. Jan. 11, 1939, Sadovoye, Kalmyk A.S.S.R., Russian S.F.S.R. - d. Dec. 15, 2010), head of the Government Apparatus (1994-98) and a deputy prime minister (1996-97) of Russia. He was also ambassador to Kazakhstan (2003-06).
Babis, Andrej (b. Sept. 2, 1954, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia [now in Slovakia]), finance minister of the Czech Republic (2014- ).
Babiuch, Edward (b. Dec. 28, 1927, Grabocin village, Bedzin county, Slaskie województwo, Poland), prime minister of Poland (1980).
Babu, Sheikh Abdulrahman Muhammad, Arabic Shaykh `Abd al-Rahman Muhammad Babu (b. Sept. 22, 1924, Zanzibar - d. Aug. 5, 1996, London), foreign minister of Zanzibar (1964).
Baca Calderón, Esteban, original name Esteban Baca Ojeda (b. May 6, 1876, Real de Acuitapilco, Santa María del Oro municipality, Jalisco [now in Nayarit], Mexico - d. March 29, 1957, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico), interim governor of Colima (1914-15) and Nayarit (1928-29).
Bacar, Mohamed (b. May 5, 1962, Barakani, Anjouan, Comoros), president of Anjouan (2001-07, 2007-08).
Baccar, Taoufik (b. July 4, 1950, Chenini village, southern Tunisia), finance minister of Tunisia (1999-2004). He was a senior civil servant at the planning and finance ministry from 1982 until his appointment as minister for economic development in 1995. In 2004-11 he was head of the central bank.
Bacciocchi, Antonello (b. Nov. 2, 1957, San Marino), captain-regent of San Marino (1999, 2005-06). He was also secretary of state for labour and cooperation (2006-07) and tourism, sport, telecommunications, and economic cooperation (2007-08).
Baccouche, Hédi, Arabic al-Hadi al-Bakkush (b. Jan. 15, 1930, Hammam-Sousse, Tunisia), prime minister of Tunisia (1987-89). He was also social affairs minister (1987).
Baccouche, Slaheddine, Arabic in full Salah al-Din ibn Muhammad al-Bakkush (b. Aug. 14, 1883 - d. Dec. 24, 1959), prime minister of Tunisia (1943-47, 1952-54).
Baccouche, Taieb, Arabic al-Tayyib al-Bakkush (b. April 13, 1944, Jemmal, Tunisia), foreign minister of Tunisia (2015- ). He was also education minister (2011). In 1981-84 he was secretary-general of the main labour union UGTT.
Bach, Jacques (Frédéric Gabriel) (b. Jan. 14, 1927), administrator-superior of Wallis and Futuna (1968-71).
Bachelet (Jeria), (Verónica) Michelle (b. Sept. 29, 1951, Santiago, Chile), president of Chile (2006-10, 2014- ). After the coup of 1973 that put Gen. Augusto Pinochet in power, her father, Gen. Alberto Bachelet, who was the head of the air forces during Salvador Allende's government, died in prison in March 1974, a victim of torture. In January 1975 she was herself, together with her mother, taken to the notorious Villa Grimaldi torture centre; they were set free less than a month later and went into exile, first to Australia and then (May 1975) to East Germany. In February 1979 she returned to Chile to do political underground work for the Socialist Party. After the restoration of democracy in 1990, she became health minister (2000-02) and defense minister (2002-04); her popularity skyrocketed as she pushed for a reconciliation between the country's civilians and the military. She was the successful candidate of the centre-left Concertación coalition in the December 2005-January 2006 presidential election, becoming the country's first female president. Although her approval rating plunged in 2007 to a low point of 35% as her government was hurt by discontent over the troubled implementation of a mass transit system for the capital Santiago, it started to rebound in 2008 as voters applauded the extensive social policies and able handling of the local economy amid the global financial crisis. Constitutionally barred from reelection after four years, she left office with 84% approval ratings. However, her huge personal popularity could not be transferred to the Concertación presidential candidate in the 2009-10 election, Eduardo Frei, and Chileans instead elected Sebastián Piñera, who lost to Bachelet in 2006, as the first right-wing president in 20 years. In September 2010 she was appointed head of the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In 2013 she was again elected president in a landslide victory over right-wing candidate Evelyn Matthei.
Backis, Stasys (Antanas) (b. Feb. 10, 1906, Joniskelis, Russia [now in Lithuania] - d. Nov. 10, 1999, Vilnius, Lithuania), head of the Lithuanian diplomatic service in exile (1983-91).
Baco de la Chapelle, René Gaston (b. April 28, 1751, Nantes [now in Loire-Atlantique département], France - d. Dec. 30, 1800), mayor of Nantes (1792-93) and co-agent of Guadeloupe (1799-1800).
Bacon, Jim, byname of James Alexander Bacon (b. May 15, 1950, Melbourne, Vic. - d. June 20, 2004, Hobart, Tas.), premier of Tasmania (1998-2004).
Bacon, Robert (b. July 5, 1860, Jamaica Plain, near Boston, Mass. - d. May 29, 1919, New York City), U.S. secretary of state (1909). He was also ambassador to France (1909-12).
Baconschi, Teodor (Anatol) (b. Feb. 14, 1963, Bucharest, Romania), foreign minister of Romania (2009-12). He was ambassador to the Holy See (1997-2001), Portugal (2002-04), and France (2007-09). He was dismissed as foreign minister after he called anti-government protesters "inept and violent slum dwellers."
Badal, Parkash Singh (b. Dec. 8, 1927, Abul Khurana village, Faridkot district, Punjab, India), chief minister of Punjab (1970-71, 1977-80, 1997-2002, 2007- ). His active participation in political life goes back to the days before independence. He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party in 1947. He was elected to the Punjab State Assembly for the first time in 1957, again in the mid-term poll of 1969, and again in 1972. In 1969 he was taken into the cabinet as development minister. After his first term as chief minister (1970-71), he was leader of the opposition in the Assembly from 1972 to July 1975. From July 9, 1975, to Jan. 19, 1977, he was detained during the state of emergency. In March 1977, he was elected to the Indian parliament from Faridkot. He was union minister for agriculture and irrigation from March 26 to June 17, 1977, then became chief minister of Punjab again. In 1980 and 1985 he was again elected to the State Assembly, where he was leader of the opposition. After the February 1997 state election, he became chief minister a third time, in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). After leading his alliance to a stunning victory in the 2007 elections, he took over as chief minister for a record fourth time at the head of another SAD-BJP coalition ministry. He inducted four of his relatives into the ministry: his son-in-law Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, nephew Manpreet Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir's brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia, and another close relative, Janmeja Singh Sekhon.
Badawi Pasha, Abdelhamid, foreign minister of Egypt (1945-46). He was also a judge at the International Court of Justice in 1946-65.
Baden, Max(imilian Alexander Friedrich Wilhelm) Prinz von (b. July 10, 1867, Baden-Baden, Baden [Germany] - d. Nov. 6, 1929, Schloss Salem, Baden, Germany), chancellor of Germany (1918). The son of Prince Wilhelm of Baden (brother of Grand Duke Friedrich I), Max in 1907 became heir presumptive to the grand duchy because his cousin Grand Duke Friedrich II (d. 1928) had no children. Entering politics, he became president of the upper chamber of the Baden Diet in 1910. In the first years of World War I he devoted himself to the Red Cross and specialized in the care of prisoners of war. It was he who, in 1915, suggested the German-Russian prisoners of war conference. He was a moderating influence on the policy of the annexationists in Germany, but he was not consulted until Oct. 3, 1918, when Germany was on the verge of collapse and he was made chancellor of the empire and prime minister of Prussia in succession to Georg Hertling. He was appointed because his humanitarian reputation made the emperor Wilhelm II think him capable of bringing the war expeditiously to an end. He hastily superintended the constitutional changes whereby a genuine parliamentary system was at last brought into being in Germany, began negotiations for an armistice, and secured the dismissal of Army Chief of Staff Erich Ludendorff - but too late to save the monarchy. When Wilhelm II would give no definite answer to Max's demands that he should abdicate in the face of the danger of Communist revolution, Max finally himself announced the abdication of the emperor on Nov. 9, 1918. He then resigned the chancellery to the leader of the Majority Social Democratic Party, Friedrich Ebert. He was asked by Ebert to remain as regent, but refused. He also renounced all claim to the throne of Baden.
Badens, Pierre de (b. Jan. 3, 1847, Castelsarrasin, Tarn-et-Garonne, France - d. [drowned] July 10, 1897, Lo river, near Ha Giang, northern Tonkin [now in Vietnam]), provisional resident-general of Cambodia (1885-86).
Badlani, K(ishanchand) G(obindram) (b. July 1921, Rohri, Sind, India [now in Sindh, Pakistan]), administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1960-62).
Badnarik, Michael (J.) (b. Aug. 1, 1954, Hammond, Ind.), U.S. Libertarian Party presidential candidate (2004).
Badoglio, Pietro, (from 1929) marchese del Sabotino, (from 1936) duca di Addis Abeba (b. Sept. 28, 1871, Grazzano Monferrato [now Grazzano Badoglio], Piemonte, Italy - d. Oct. 31, 1956, Grazzano Badoglio), prime minister of Italy (1943-44). He entered the Italian Army in 1890 as an artillery officer and saw hard service in the East African campaign of 1896 in which the Ethiopians defeated the Italians. He also fought in the Libyan campaign of 1911-12. In World War I he distinguished himself by directing the capture of Monte Sabotino (Aug. 6, 1916); later he conducted the armistice talks for the Italians. He was chief of the Italian general staff in 1919-21. Initially lukewarm to Benito Mussolini, he served briefly as ambassador to Brazil (1924-25) before Mussolini named him chief of staff once again on May 4, 1925. He was made a field marshal on May 26, 1926. From 1929 to 1933 he was governor of Tripolitania. He was placed in command of the Italian forces in Ethiopia on Nov. 15, 1935, conducted the operations against the poorly armed Ethiopians with ruthless competence, and in May 1936 he captured Addis Ababa, where he remained for a short time as viceroy. During 1940 he differed with Mussolini over Italy's preparations for entering World War II. On Dec. 4, 1940, in the midst of Italy's disastrous campaign in Greece, he resigned as chief of staff and disavowed responsibility for Mussolini's acts. Upon Mussolini's downfall (July 25, 1943), which he had been instrumental in organizing, Badoglio became prime minister; he arranged for an armistice with the Allies on September 3. On September 8 Italy's unconditional surrender to the Allies was announced. On October 13 Italy declared war on Nazi Germany. In June 1944 he resigned to allow the formation of a new cabinet in liberated Rome.
Badr, (Saif al-Islam) Muhammad (al-Mansur Billah) al- (b. Feb. 25, 1929, Hajjah, northwest Yemen - d. Aug. 6, 1996, London, England), king of Yemen (1962). After succeeding to the throne, he was almost immediately overthrown during an Egyptian-backed coup that established a republic. He then fled to Mabyan (near Hajjah) to launch a rebellion to restore the monarchy, and much of the country remained under royalist control for years. He left his headquarters and installed his government in at-Ta´if, Saudi Arabia, in 1967. The civil war ended in 1970; following the end of Saudi Arabia's support and its recognition of the republican government on July 23 that year he left Saudi Arabia and went into exile to England.
Badran, Adnan, Arabic `Adnan Badran (b. Dec. 15, 1935, Jerash, Jordan), prime minister and defense minister of Jordan (2005); brother of Mudar Badran.
Badran, (Seyyid) Mudar (Muhammad Ayesh), Arabic (Sayyid) Mudar (Muhammad `Ayish) Badran (b. 1934, Jerash, Jordan), prime minister (1976-79, 1980-84, 1989-91), foreign minister (1976-79), and defense minister (1976-79, 1980-84, 1989) of Jordan. He was also minister of education (1973-74) and chief of the royal court (1974-76).
Badran, Nuri al- (b. 1943, Basra), interior minister of Iraq (2003-04). He was Iraq's ambassador to Russia before breaking with Pres. Saddam Hussein in 1990 over the invasion of Kuwait. After fleeing Iraq he joined the exiled opposition group Iraqi National Accord. He returned to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and became interior minister. A Shi`ite Muslim, he resigned because the U.S.-led administration wanted a Sunni Muslim in the position following the appointment of a defense minister who was also a Shi`ite. Badran quoted U.S. Administrator Paul Bremer as telling him, "That will cause an imbalance, and we in the coalition cannot accept that. The solution is for you to step down from your position."
Baels, Henri (Louis) (b. Jan. 18, 1878, Ostend, Belgium - d. June 14, 1951, Knokke, Belgium), interior minister of Belgium (1929-31); father-in-law of Léopold III. He was also governor of West-Vlaanderen province (1933-40).
Baena Soares, João (Clemente) (b. May 14, 1931, Belém, Brazil), secretary-general of the Organization of American States (1984-94).
Baende (Etafe Eliko), Jean-Claude (b. May 24, 1963, Basankusu, Congo [Léopoldville] [now Congo (Kinshasa)]), governor of Équateur (2009-13).
Báez (Méndez), Buenaventura (b. July 14, 1812, Rincón Neyba, Santo Domingo [now Cabral, Dominican Republic] - d. March 14, 1884, Hormiguero, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico), president of the Dominican Republic (1849-53, 1856-58, 1865-66, 1868-74, 1876-78). He began his political career in 1843 by helping lead the revolt that established the independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti, with which it shares the island of Hispaniola. At this time, Báez believed that his nation could maintain its independence only by becoming a French protectorate, and to secure that end he was sent to Europe in 1846; the French, however, were not interested. During his first term as president, Báez tried unsuccessfully to have his country annexed by the United States (1850). His second term ended when his government was overthrown by a coup d'état because of his involvement in corrupt financial transactions. He then invited Spain to occupy the Dominican Republic, and in return he was exiled to a comfortable life in Europe, financed by the Spaniards. When Spain abandoned the Dominican Republic in 1865, Báez returned to begin a third presidential term, but in May 1866 he was removed by another coup. In 1868 he was again made president, this time determined to gain annexation by the United States. He succeeded in persuading the United States to send warships, ostensibly to protect his country from Haiti; in reality he sought to protect his own business interests. But the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the annexation treaty, and in 1874 Báez again was forced to leave office. He served his last term in 1876-78 and was then exiled permanently to Puerto Rico. Báez has been described as a thoroughly corrupt tyrant who had no regard for the lives or property of his people.
Báez (González), Cecilio (b. Feb. 1, 1862, Asunción, Paraguay - d. June 18, 1941, Asunción), foreign minister (1905, 1906-08, 1911, 1937-38) and provisional president (1905-06) of Paraguay. He was also minister to Mexico (1901-02, 1903-04), the United States (1903-04), and the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain (1918-20).
Baeza (Terrazas), José Reyes (b. Sept. 20, 1961, Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico), governor of Chihuahua (2004-10).
Baeza Meléndez, Fernando (b. June 23, 1942, Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico), governor of Chihuahua (1986-92). He has also been Mexican ambassador to Costa Rica (2014- ).
Bafarawa, (Alhaji) Attahiru (Dalhatu) (b. Oct. 4, 1954, Bafarawa village [now in Sokoto state], Nigeria), governor of Sokoto (1999-2007).
Bagabandi, Natsagiyn (b. April 22, 1950, Yaru soum [district], Dzavhan aymag [province], Mongolia), president of Mongolia (1997-2005). He was active in politics since 1980 and during 1980-84 he worked as a propagandist and after that as a Head of Department of the Central Committee of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP). In 1992 he became a member of the State Great Khural and then was appointed its chairman (1992-96). He was reelected as a member of the State Great Khural following the general election of 1996. He was first chairman of the MPRP in 1996-97. He won the presidential election on May 18, 1997.
Bagapsh, Sergey (Vasilyevich) (b. April 4, 1949, Sukhumi, Abkhaz A.S.S.R., Georgian S.S.R. - d. May 29, 2011, Moscow, Russia), prime minister (1997-99) and president (2005-11) of Abkhazia. He was a candidate in disputed presidential elections in October 2004 and won a new election in January 2005.
Bagaragaza, Thaddée (b. June 6, 1936), foreign minister (1965-69) and president of the National Assembly (1969-73) of Rwanda.
Bagaya, Elizabeth (Christobel Edith) (b. 1936, Kabarole, Uganda), foreign minister of Uganda (1974). A princess of Toro, she was Batebe (princess royal) to her brother, Patrick David Matthew Rwamuhokya Olimi III Kaboyo II (king of Toro 1966-95). She was Ugandan ambassador at-large (1969-73), to Egypt and Ethiopia (1973-74), to the UN (1974), and to the U.S. (1988-89).
Bagaza, Jean-Baptiste (b. Aug. 29, 1946, Murambi, Rwanda), president of Burundi (1976-87). A Tutsi army officer, he came to power in a 1976 coup, but was himself overthrown by Pierre Buyoya in 1987. He then lived in Uganda from 1987 to 1993 and fled to Uganda again in 1998 after Buyoya put him under house arrest for allegedly plotting another coup. He returned in June 2002, promising to contribute to the troubled central African country's future. He was released after six months of house arrest on April 4, 2003.
Bagbeni Adeito Nzengeya, original name Augustin René Bagbeni (b. Jan. 12, 1941, Stanleyville, Belgian Congo [now Kisangani, Congo (Kinshasa)]), foreign minister of Zaire (1991-92). He was also ambassador to the Netherlands (1971-72), Ethiopia (1972-75), and India (also responsible for Indonesia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka) (1983-85) and permanent representative to the United Nations (1985-91).
Baghdadi, Abdel-Latif al-, Arabic `Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi (b. September 1917, Shawa, Mansoura province, Egypt - d. Jan. 8, 1999), Egyptian politician. A leading member of the Free Officers movement that ousted the Egyptian monarchy in 1952, he was one of the closest supporters of Pres. Gamal Abdel Nasser. He held a number of top offices under Nasser. Baghdadi presided over the 1953 court that tried pre-revolutionary politicians, was minister of war in 1953-54, and was junior vice president of the United Arab Republic, the short-lived union of Egypt and Syria. He was minister of planning and finance in 1961-62 and served on the Presidency Council, an executive body within the government, in 1962-64. Soon after that he withdrew from government over policy differences with Nasser. However, a rapprochement between the two men was arranged before Nasser's death in 1970.
Bago, Slavo (b. Sept. 29, 1959, Bosanski Samac [now in Republika Srpska], Bosnia and Herzegovina), premier of Bosnian Posavina (1998-2001).
Bagratyan, Hrant (Ararati) (b. Oct. 18, 1958, Yerevan, Armenian S.S.R.), prime minister of Armenia (1991 [acting], 1993-96). He was a presidential candidate in 2013.
Bagrianov, Ivan (Ivanov) (b. Oct. 17, 1891, Razgrad, Bulgaria - d. [executed] Feb. 1, 1945, Sofia, Bulgaria), prime minister and foreign minister of Bulgaria (1944). He was also minister of agriculture (1938-41).
Baguidy, Joseph D(amien) (b. Sept. 18, 1916, Jérémie, Haiti - d. April 8, 2000, Port-au-Prince, Haiti), foreign minister of Haiti (1960-61).
Bagyidaw (b. July 23, 1784 - d. Oct. 15, 1846, Amarapura, Kingdom of Awa [now in Myanmar]), king of Awa (1819-37). He was the grandson of King Bodawphaya, who had narrowly avoided war with the British over the frontier between Bengal and Arakan. Bagyidaw was an ineffectual king, but his general, Maha Bandula, influenced him to follow Bodawphaya's policy of aggressive expansion in northeastern India. He conquered Assam and Manipur, making them tributaries. The border with British India thus extended from Arakan on the Bay of Bengal northward to the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. The British, angered over Awa border raids in pursuit of rebel forces, launched a war on March 5, 1824. Bagyidaw's armies were driven out of Assam, Arakan, and Manipur. British forces occupied southern Awa and advanced toward the capital, Amarapura (near present-day Mandalay). On Feb. 24, 1826, the Treaty of Yandabo was signed; it provided for the cession of Tenasserim and Arakan to the British, payment of an indemnity equivalent to £1,000,000, and renunciation of all Awa claims in Assam and Manipur, which became British protectorates. During the remaining years of his reign, he attempted to mitigate the harsh terms of the treaty. In 1826 he negotiated a commercial treaty with the British envoy, John Crawfurd, but refused to establish formal diplomatic relations unless he could deal on an equal basis with the British sovereign, rather than through the East India Company at Calcutta. He failed to persuade the British to return Tenasserim, but a deputation that he sent to Calcutta in 1830 successfully reasserted the Awa claim to the Kale-Kabaw Valley, which had been occupied by the Manipuris. After 1831 he became increasingly susceptible to attacks of mental instability, and in 1837 he was succeeded by his brother, Prince Tharawadi Min.
Bahah, Khaled (Mahfoudh Abdullah) (b. 1965), prime minister (2014- ; from 2015 in exile) and vice president (2015- ; in exile) of Yemen. He was also minister of oil and minerals (2006-08) and ambassador to Canada (2009-14).
Bahnini, Ahmed, Arabic Ahmad Bahnini (b. 1909 - d. July 10, 1971, Skirat palace, near Rabat, Morocco), prime minister of Morocco (1963-65). He was also president of the Supreme Court. He was killed during an attempted coup d'état against King Hassan II; it was badly organized by the high military hierarchy and turned into a carnage when soldiers shot into a crowd of guests who celebrated the king's birthday.
Bahonar, Hojatolislam Mohammad Javad (b. 1933, Kerman, Iran - d. Aug. 30, 1981, Tehran, Iran), Iranian politician. Bahonar was imprisoned for his opposition to the shah's regime, but after the overthrow of the shah in 1979, he helped draft the new constitution. In March 1981 he was appointed minister of education and carried on the work started by Mohammad Ali Raja´i in purging the universities of Western cultural influences. He succeeded Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Beheshti, who died in an explosion in June 1981, as a leader of the Islamic Republican Party. After the fall of Pres. Abolhassan Bani-Sadr in June 1981 and Raja´i's election as president in July, Bahonar was appointed prime minister. He was in the midst of trying to restore stability to the country in the face of armed attacks by opponents of the Islamic regime when he and Raja´i were killed in a bomb blast.
Bahr al-Uloum, Muhammad (Ali Hadi) (b. Jan. 17, 1927, Najaf, Iraq - d. April 7, 2015, Najaf), president of the Governing Council of Iraq (2003 [acting], 2004).
Bahuguna, Hemwati Nandan (b. April 25, 1919, Budhani village, India [now in Pakistan] - d. March 20, 1989), chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (1973-75) and finance minister of India (1979-80).
Bahuguna, Vijay (b. Feb. 28, 1947, Allahabad, United Provinces [now Uttar Pradesh], India), chief minister of Uttarakhand (2012-14); son of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna.
Bai Qingcai (b. 1932, Wutai county, Shaanxi, China), governor of Shaanxi (1990-94).
Bai Wenwei, also appearing as Bo Wenwei (b. 1875/76, Shou county, Anhui, China - d. April 26, 1947, Shanghai, China), governor of Anhui (1912-13). He devoted himself to anti-Qing activities and later joined the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance (which became the Kuomintang). Under his persuasion, the 9th Division of the Qing Modern Army (stationed in Jiangsu) launched a raid and took Nanjing in 1911. He was removed from his gubernatorial office as a Kuomintang member together with Jiangxi Gov. Li Liejun in 1913 by Pres. Yuan Shikai, which led to the "Second Revolution." He was named the commander of the 33rd Army in the south in 1924 and subsequently elected member of the Kuomintang Central Political Committee, as well as councillor in the government.
Baidani, Abdul Rahman (Abdo Rabbo al-Muradi) al- (b. 1925?), foreign minister of Yemen (1962-63).
Baidh, Ali Salim al- (b. 1939/42), foreign minister of Yemen (Aden) (1969-71), vice president of Yemen (1990-94), and president of the secessionist Democratic Republic of Yemen (1994). He was also minister of defense (1967-68), planning (1973-75), and local government (1975-78, 1985-86) and a deputy prime minister (1980-81) of Yemen (Aden). He was secretary-general of the Yemen Socialist Party from 1986 to 1994; after its defeat in the 1994 civil war, he went into exile and in 1998 was sentenced to death in absentia.
Baig, M(irza) O(sman) A(li) (b. Jan. 9, 1904, Bombay [now Mumbai], India - d. ...), secretary-general of the Central Treaty Organization (1959-61).
Bailhache, Sir Philip (Martin) (b. Feb. 28, 1946, Jersey), bailiff of Jersey (1995-2009). In 1972 he was elected to the States of Jersey as deputy of Grouville and served on a number of committees. He resigned as deputy in 1975, when he was appointed solicitor general for Jersey. In January 1986 he was appointed attorney general for Jersey and in 1989 was made a queen's counsel. In January 1994 he was appointed deputy bailiff and in February 1995 he became bailiff of Jersey. He was knighted in 1996. On Jan. 31, 1996, the queen appointed Bailhache as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Guernsey. The Courts of Appeal for each bailiwick are separate but are served by a common panel of judges, normally from the United Kingdom, in addition to the bailiffs of Jersey and Guernsey. Since 1961, when courts of appeal were established in the Channel Islands, it has been the practice to appoint the bailiff of each bailiwick as a judge of appeal in the other. In 2011 he became assistant chief minister for external relations.
Baillet-Latour, Henri, comte de (b. March 1, 1876 - d. Jan. 6, 1942), president of the International Olympic Committee (1925-42).
Baillie, Alastair Turner (b. Dec. 24, 1932, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England - d. Nov. 18, 2009, Melrose, Borders region, Scotland), governor of Anguilla (1983-87).
Baillieu, Ted, byname of Edward Norman Baillieu (b. July 31, 1953, Melbourne, Vic.), premier of Victoria (2010-13).
Bailly, Camille (Victor) (b. Feb. 4, 1907, Amiens, Somme, France - d. Aug. 21, 1984), governor of Senegal (1950-52), French Sudan (1952), and Ivory Coast (1952-54) and acting governor of French Polynesia (1958).
Bainimarama, (Josaia) Voreqe, byname Frank Bainimarama (b. April 27, 1954, Bau island, Fiji), Fijian military and political leader. He enlisted with the Fiji navy on July 26, 1975. He went through the ranks from able seaman in August 1976 to midshipman in December of the same year. He was commissioned sub-lieutenant in 1978 and lieutenant six years later. He took his first command appointment in February 1985 when he assumed the command of the HMFS Kikau. He was promoted temporary lieutenant commander in early 1986, and later that year served a tour with the Multi-National Forces and Observers in the Sinai. From 1988 to 1997 he held the post of commander, Fiji Naval Division, and in 1995 was promoted captain, which is equivalent to the military rank of a full colonel. He was appointed acting chief of staff in November 1997 and confirmed in April 1998. He was named commander of the army on Feb. 25, 1999, to replace Brig.Gen. Ratu Epeli Ganilau, who resigned to enter politics. At that time he was also promoted commodore. In May 2000 he took power as head of an Interim Military Government, ten days after rebels led by George Speight seized control of the parliament building and took the government hostage. In July he signed an agreement with Speight that ended the crisis. Speight was arrested and charged with treason. But just four months later, soldiers in the army who had stayed loyal to Speight staged a bloody mutiny at the army's barracks. Eight men were killed and Bainimarama fled for his life. In 2006 Bainimarama demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase because of the latter's support for a controversial bill that would offer amnesty to some of those involved in the 2000 coup. When Qarase refused, Bainimarama himself staged a coup to remove him. A month later (January 2007) he gave up the presidential powers he had taken and became interim prime minister. In 2009 the Appeal Court ruled his government illegal, but the president then disbanded the court and reappointed him. In 2014 he handed over the reins of the military, formed the Fiji First party, then ran for election under a new electoral system and won.
Baira, Abu Bakr (Mustafa), acting president of the House of Representatives of Libya (2014).
Baird, John (Russell) (b. May 29, 1969, Nepean, Ont.), foreign minister of Canada (2011-15). He was also environment minister (2007-08 and [acting] 2010-11) and transport minister (2008-10).
Baird, Mike, byname of Michael Bruce Baird (b. April 1, 1969), premier of New South Wales (2014- ).
Baisultanov, Odes (Khasayevich) (b. Jan. 17, 1965), prime minister of Chechnya (2007-12).
Bajamal, Abdul Qader (Abdul Rahman), Arabic `Abd al-Qadir `Abd al-Rahman Ba-Jammal (b. Feb. 18, 1946, Hadhramaut region, Eastern Aden Protectorate [now in Yemen]), foreign minister (1998-2001) and prime minister (2001-07) of Yemen.
Bajnai, (György) Gordon (b. March 5, 1968, Szeged, Hungary), prime minister of Hungary (2009-10). He was minister of local government and regional development (2007-08) and minister for national development and economy (2008-09).
Bajo, Lamin Kaba (b. Nov. 10, 1964, Brikama, western Gambia), interior minister (1995-97, 2012- ) and foreign minister (2005-06) of The Gambia. He was ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2002-05.
Bajpai, Rajendra Kumari (b. Feb. 8, 1925, Laluchak, Bhagalpur district, Bihar - d. July 17, 1999, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh), Indian politician; granddaughter of Ravi Shankar Shukla; niece of Shyama Charan Shukla. She took part in the Quit India Movement in 1942 and was jailed for burning the union jack at the Zila Kutchery in Munger. She took the plunge into politics when she came into contact with Indira Gandhi immediately after the partition. Gandhi, who became the president of the Allahabad Congress Committee in 1956, chose her as her general secretary; thus began a political career spanning nearly four decades - first in Uttar Pradesh, the cradle of Indian politics, and then at the national level. She entered the U.P. assembly in 1962, became president of the U.P. Congress Committee during the early '70s and also served as a minister. Known for tremendous administrative and organizational capabilities, she streamlined the party and strengthened grass-roots level contacts in the state. When the Congress split in 1969, she took a clear line in favour of Gandhi and against the "syndicate." She remained steadfast in her support of Gandhi till the latter's assassination. In January 1980, she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Sitapur after representing Allahabad in the state assembly thrice from 1962 to 1977. She was appointed general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee in the same year. She held the charge of organizing the party in the northeast, West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Later, Gandhi inducted Bajpai into her cabinet as minister for welfare. An MP till 1990, she was appointed lieutenant governor of Pondicherry in 1995, a post she relinquished in 1998 when the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power at the Centre.
Bajuk, Andrej (b. Oct. 18, 1943, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia [now in Slovenia] - d. Aug. 15/16, 2011), prime minister of Slovenia (2000). Bajuk spent most of his life abroad. His family left Slovenia in 1945 after the communists came to power in Yugoslavia at the end of World War II. He grew up in Argentina. In May 2000 Bajuk replaced Janez Drnovsek, who was premier of Slovenia's centre-left government for the past eight years but lost a confidence vote in parliament. In his programme, Bajuk emphasized preparations for European Union membership as his main task. Bajuk also planned to liberalize the economy by phasing out state intervention, abolishing monopolies, and trying to attract more foreign investment. In recent years, he had advised both the centre-right Social Democrats and the conservative Christian Democrats. He only joined the Christian Democrats in April 2000. He became deputy president of the newly established SLS+SKD Slovenian People's Party, which was formed by a merger of the People's Party and the Christian Democrats. SLS+SKD also formed an alliance with the Social Democrats, commanding the support of 44 out of 90 parliamentary seats. Bajuk was elected by 46 votes to 44; in two previous rounds of voting he failed to win enough support. His government soon broke down over whether to move away from the system of election by proportional representation, and new elections were won by a centre-left coalition led again by Drnovsek. In 2004-08 Bajuk was finance minister.
Bakalli, Mahmut (b. Jan. 19, 1936, Djakovica [Gjakovë], Banovina of Zeta, Yugoslavia [now in Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro] - d. April 14, 2006, Pristina, Kosovo), secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Kosovo (1971-81). He stepped down following disagreements with the central body of the Yugoslav Communist Party over the handling of unrest by ethnic Albanian students. During the Kosovo war in 1998-99, he was part of a five-man delegation that met with Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in a failed bid to end the conflict. Years later, he was the first witness to testify against Milosevic at his war crimes trial at the UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Bakalli was also part of the Kosovo Albanian delegation to the failed Rambouillet peace talks in France in 1999 and argued international mediation was needed before the negotiation process even started. When the talks in France failed, he talked of the importance behind NATO's coming to Kosovo, long before the bombings even began. He helped Ramush Haradinaj - a former rebel commander who became Kosovo's prime minister in 2005 and resigned after being indicted for war crimes by the UN tribunal - with organizing a political party, mostly because he believed people in Kosovo needed a third choice. At the time of his death, he was an adviser to Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Çeku.
Bakar, Zainal (b. Aug. 6, 1940, Pariaman, Netherlands East Indies [now in Sumatera Barat, Indonesia] - d. July 31, 2012, Padang, Sumatera Barat), governor of Sumatera Barat (2000-05).
Bakaric, Vladimir (b. March 8, 1912, Velika Gorica, near Zagreb, Austria-Hungary - d. Jan. 16, 1983, Zagreb, Yugoslavia), Yugoslav politician. He was a member of the Communist Party from 1933. During World War II he helped organize partisan resistance in his native Croatia, and in 1945 he headed the first postwar government of the Croatian national republic within the Yugoslav federation. In 1971-72 he supported Tito's moves to suppress Croatian nationalism. A Marxist theoretician who was, nevertheless, strongly opposed to the Soviet system, Bakaric helped frame the 1974 federal constitution designed to promote decentralization. He was the last survivor of Marshal Tito's World War II compatriots to retain high office within the party hierarchy, being a member of the Presidium of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and vice-president of the federal republic's collective Presidency. Under the system of rotation of offices instituted by Tito, Bakaric would have succeeded Petar Stambolic as head of state in May 1983.
Bakary, Djibo (b. 1922, Soudouré, Niger - d. April 16, 1998, Niamey, Niger), Niger politician. A devoted socialist, Bakary was a trade union leader until 1956 when he became the first elected mayor of the capital Niamey. The radical politician and nationalist campaigned for a "No" vote in a referendum for a French West African federation in 1958. Djibo's party, Sawaba (Hausa for independence), and the Democratic Party of Guinea under the late leader Ahmed Sékou Touré voted against the French federation, setting the stage for Guinea's acrimonious break with Paris. Djibo's party was in the minority in Niger, and he fled into exile after the "Yes" vote prevailed there. He launched a failed invasion against the independence government in 1964 with a band of commandos. Djibo returned to Niger after the army seized power in 1974 but was arrested two years later and jailed for plotting. He was freed in 1987 after the death of military ruler Seyni Kountché.
Bakayoko, Youssouf (b. April 19, 1943, Bouaké, Ivory Coast), foreign minister of Côte d'Ivoire (2006-10).
Baker, Howard (Henry, Jr.) (b. Nov. 15, 1925, Huntsville, Tenn. - d. June 26, 2014, Huntsville), U.S. politician; posthumous son-in-law of Alfred M. Landon. His staunchly Republican family included a grandmother who was a sheriff and a father who would serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1951 to 1964. He served in the Navy during World War II. In 1964, campaigning in Tennessee against foreign aid and the Civil Rights Act, Baker lost his first try for a U.S. Senate seat. Running again in 1966, he moderated his politics and became the first popularly elected Republican U.S. senator in the state's history. Representing Tennessee in the Senate from 1967 to 1985, he became effective in Washington with his pragmatism and moderate politics. As minority leader from 1977 to 1981, Baker fought for some of Pres. Jimmy Carter's policies, most notably the Democrat's Panama Canal treaties. Baker's support for that issue enraged Republican conservatives, some of whom were still angry with him for his sharp and persistent questioning of aides of Pres. Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings in 1973. A reputation for statesmanship was not enough to win Baker the White House, however. One of nine candidates for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, he dropped out after gaining only nine delegates in four months of campaigning. Four years earlier the party had rebuffed his bid to be Pres. Gerald Ford's running mate. In each case the Republican right wing helped ensure Baker's defeat. As Senate majority leader in 1981-85, he united the warring wings of his party behind Pres. Ronald Reagan's tax and budget agenda. He declined to run for reelection in 1984 but in 1987 became Reagan's chief of staff during the investigation of the Iran-contra affair. Baker resigned that office in mid-1988.
Baker, James (Addison, III) (b. April 28, 1930, Houston, Texas, U.S.), U.S. secretary of state (1989-92). Originally a Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party and ran his longtime friend George Bush's campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1970. Though Bush lost the race, Baker became deeply involved in Republican politics thereafter. He was named undersecretary of commerce by Pres. Gerald Ford in 1975 and that same year helped Ford secure the Republican presidential nomination for the 1976 election. Baker joined Ford's reelection campaign that year and in August became national chairman of the Ford campaign. Despite Ford's loss in the election, Baker earned a reputation as a campaign tactician of uncommon ability. In 1978 Baker ran for the office of state attorney general in Texas but lost. From January 1979 to May 1980 he was Bush's campaign chairman for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination. After Bush accepted the vice presidential slot on a ticket headed by Ronald Reagan that year, Baker joined Reagan's campaign staff as a senior adviser. Under Reagan he served as White House chief of staff (January 1981-January 1985) and secretary of the Treasury (February 1985-August 1988). Baker adroitly managed Bush's successful campaign for the presidential election of November 1988 and in the same month was nominated secretary of state. He was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 25, 1989, and sworn in on January 27. In that post Baker helped the U.S. reach agreement with the Soviet Union on the reunification of Germany, and helped orchestrate the international coalition that opposed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. He resigned in 1992 in order to serve as White House chief of staff while simultaneously directing Bush's (unsuccessful) reelection campaign. In 1997-2004 he was UN mediator in the Western Sahara conflict.
Baker, Newton D(iehl) (b. Dec. 3, 1871, Martinsburg, W.Va. - d. Dec. 25, 1937, Cleveland, Ohio), mayor of Cleveland (1912-15) and U.S. secretary of war (1916-21).
Baker of Dorking (of Iford in the County of East Sussex), Kenneth (Wilfred) Baker, Baron (b. Nov. 3, 1934, Newport, Monmouth, Wales), British politician. He won election to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1968. He lost his seat (Acton, in west London) in 1970 but was almost immediately adopted to defend a large Conservative majority at Marylebone, in central London. His close association with Edward Heath, then prime minister, culminated in his becoming Heath's political private secretary in 1974. When Heath was deposed as leader of the Conservative Party by Margaret Thatcher (1975), Baker was not - as Thatcher would say - "one of us," and he was voted out of the Conservative leadership by the party MPs. Excluded from her first government, he wrote her a letter urging the importance of information technology, with the result that, in January 1981, she made him responsible for it as minister, a high-profile post that gave him the chance to promote the wider use of electronic and computer technology in schools and industry. In September 1984 he was appointed minister for local government. He carried through the abolition of the Greater London Council (GLC) in the face of an inspired, and expensive, antiabolition publicity campaign conducted by GLC Labour leader Ken Livingstone, as well as resistance from the House of Lords. He came into the cabinet as secretary of state for the environment in September 1985. In May 1986 he was promoted to education secretary. In 1988 he accomplished another signal achievement for Thatcher when he piloted a radical Education Reform Bill onto the statute book. As a result of his achievements, he came to be seen as a possible successor to Thatcher, although the right-wingers regarded him as ideologically shallow. In 1990-92 he was home secretary. He was created a life peer in 1997.
Bakhit, Marouf (Suleiman) al-, Arabic Ma`ruf Sulayman al-Bakhit (b. 1947), prime minister and defense minister of Jordan (2005-07, 2011). He previously served as ambassador to Turkey (2002-05) and Israel (2005).
Bakhsh, Pir Illahi (d. Oct. 8, 1975), chief minister of Sindh (1948-49).
Bakht, Sikander (b. Aug. 24, 1918, Delhi, India - d. Feb. 23, 2004, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India), foreign minister of India (1996) and governor of Kerala (2002-04). He was also Indian minister of works, housing, supply, and rehabilitation (1977-79) and of industry (1998-99).
Bakhtiar, Shahpur (b. 1914, Tehran, Iran - d. Aug. 6, 1991, Suresnes, France), prime minister of Iran (1979). He went to Spain during the Civil War and fought with the Loyalists against Franco's forces. During World War II he helped the French resistance against the Nazi occupation. After the war he returned to Iran, where he became a leading figure in the nationalist struggle led by Mohammad Mossadegh's National Front. He served as deputy labour minister in Mossadegh's short-lived (1951-53) government. While Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was married to Soraya Esfandiari, a cousin of Bakhtiar, he tried to persuade him to take a high post. Bakhtiar refused and was jailed several times for his opposition to the shah's autocratic rule. On Jan. 4, 1979, the shah, seeking to forestall a fundamentalist revolution, named him prime minister. Bakhtiar accepted the position only on condition that the shah leave the country. He tried to implement moderate reforms, but was unable to resist the revolutionary Islamic fundamentalist forces under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The return of Khomeini to Iran from exile in France on February 1 brought a quick end to Bakhtiar's government. He went into hiding, and turned up in July in France. He established the National Movement of the Iranian Resistance with headquarters in Paris and branches in other countries, along with its own newspapers and two clandestine radio stations beaming his messages into Iran. Over the years, as his return to Tehran seemed ever more remote, his goals continually shifted, with his political allies ranging from leftists to constitutional monarchists. Bakhtiar, who had escaped at least two previous assassination attempts, was found stabbed to death in his home.
Bakiyev, Kurmanbek (Saliyevich) (b. Aug. 1, 1949, Masadan village, Suzak region, Jalal-Abad oblast, Kirgiz S.S.R.), prime minister (2000-02, 2005) and president (2005-10) of Kyrgyzstan. He was governor of Chu oblast in 1997-2000. During his first term as prime minister, he stuck to tough fiscal rules for dealing with the country's large debt burden. Under his leadership, the U.S. Air Force was allowed to establish a base near the capital Bishkek, and former opposition leader Feliks Kulov was imprisoned for abuse of power and theft. His government cracked down on demonstrators, with his interior minister saying that riots that broke out in Bakiyev's home region in the south in March 2002 were an attempt to overthrow the government. Police fired into the crowd of 1,500 protesting the arrest of their local parliamentary deputy in Jalal-Abad, and five people died. An investigation found senior officials responsible for the tragedy, and Bakiyev was forced to resign. Bakiyev moved over to the opposition after his resignation, becoming leader of the People's Movement of Kyrgyzstan. The 2005 parliamentary elections, in which he lost his seat in the March runoff, sparked protests about alleged rigging. As head of the Coordination Council of the People's Unity, he was a leading figure in the revolution that quickly ended Pres. Askar Akayev's rule, and was then appointed prime minister and acting president. In July he won a landslide victory in presidential elections. He came to be criticized for suppressing dissent, however, and the conduct of the 2009 election, which he won with 76% of the vote, was not seen as fair by observers. In 2010 he met a similar fate as Akayev, when protests forced him to flee the capital, a provisional government took power, and he finally agreed to resign. He took refuge in Belarus.
Bakkoush, Abdul Hamid al-, Arabic `Abd al-Hamid al-Bakkush (b. 1933 - d. May 2, 2007, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), prime minister of Libya (1967-68).
Bako, Mahamane Sani (b. April 25, 1951, Tessaoua, Niger - d. Dec. 13, 1997), foreign minister of Niger (1985-88, 1989-91).
Bako Arifari, Nassirou (b. Oct. 30, 1962, Karimama, Dahomey [now Benin]), foreign minister of Benin (2011- ).
Bakocevic, Aleksandar (b. Nov. 8, 1928, Uzice, Yugoslavia [now in Serbia] - d. Jan. 13, 2007, Belgrade, Serbia), mayor of Belgrade (1986-89) and president of the National Assembly of Serbia (1991-93).
Bakoyannis, Dora, née Theodora Konstantinou Mitsotakis (b. May 6, 1954, Athens, Greece), mayor of Athens (2003-06) and foreign minister of Greece (2006-09); daughter of Konstantinos Mitsotakis. She entered politics after her husband Pavlos Bakoyannis was gunned down by the November 17 Revolutionary Organization on Sept. 26, 1989. She served as culture minister in her father's government in 1992-93 and in October 2002 became the first woman to be elected mayor of Athens, taking office Jan. 1, 2003. In mid-December 2002, she barely avoided assassination herself when an attacker with a history of psychiatric treatment fired a shotgun at her.
Bakr, Ahmad Hassan al- (b. July 1, 1914, Tikrit, Iraq - d. Oct. 4, 1982, Baghdad), president of Iraq (1968-79). He entered the Iraqi Military Academy in 1938. He took part in the Rashid Ali revolt in 1941, was arrested, imprisoned, and compulsorily retired from the army, but was reinstated in 1957. As a brigadier general, he was one of the "free officers," a group that overthrew the monarchy in 1958. He was again forced to retire from the army in 1959 because of his alleged leadership of a rebellion in Mosul organized by members of the Ba`th party and others favouring closer ties with the United Arab Republic. He took part in the Ba`th coup of February 1963 and became vice president and prime minister. In November 1963 Field Marshal Abdul Salam Arif staged a countercoup against the Ba`th, and Bakr was removed as prime minister; in January 1964 he was also removed as vice president. On July 17, 1968, with other Ba`thist officers, Bakr seized power and thereafter governed in concert with the Ba`th leader Saddam Hussein. His truculent foreign policy effectively isolated him from his Muslim neighbours, and his total opposition to any diplomatic solution to the Arab-Israeli dispute brought him into conflict with more moderate Arab heads of state. Bakr's border claims against Iran made it impossible to bring the Iraqi Kurds under control until an agreement was reached in 1975. His economic policy began with a cautious continuation of the former regime's five-year plan but turned toward industrial expansion as oil revenues increased. After suffering a heart attack in 1976, Bakr delegated most administrative matters to Saddam Hussein, in whose favour he resigned, ostensibly on grounds of ill health, on July 16, 1979.
Bakr, Rashid (al-Tahir) (b. 1930, Karkoj, Blue Nile province [now state], Sudan - d. March 1988), prime minister (1976-77) and foreign minister (1977-80) of The Sudan. He was also minister of mineral resources (1965), ambassador to Libya (1972-74), speaker of the People's National Assembly (1974-76, 1980-81), a vice president (1976-80, 1985), and attorney general (1983-85).
Bakradze, Davit (Shekris dze) (b. July 1, 1972, Tbilisi, Georgian S.S.R.), foreign minister of Georgia (2008). He was speaker of parliament from June 2008 to October 2012 and was a presidential candidate in 2013.
Bakunin, Mikhail (Aleksandrovich) (b. May 30 [May 18, old style], 1814, Premukhine, Russia - d. July 1 [June 19, O.S.], 1876, Bern, Switzerland), Russian anarchist. He consorted with French and German Socialists, including Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Karl Marx, and with numerous Polish émigrés who inspired him to combine the cause of the national liberation of the Slav peoples with that of social revolution. The February Revolution of 1848 in Paris gave him his first taste of street fighting; and after a few days of eager participation he travelled eastward in the hope of fanning the flames in Germany and Poland. In Prague in June 1848, he attended the Slav congress, which ended when Austrian troops bombarded the city; and later in the year, in Germany, he wrote his first major manifesto, An Appeal to the Slavs. Tired of inaction, Bakunin once more plunged into revolutionary intrigues and, engaging in the Dresden insurrection of May 1849, failed this time to escape arrest. The Saxon authorities handed him over to Austria, and Austria to Russia. He was released in 1857. In 1868, he joined the First International, a federation of working-class parties aiming at transforming the capitalist societies into Socialist commonwealths and their eventual unification in a world federation. At the Hague congress in 1872 Marx secured the expulsion of Bakunin and his followers from the International. The breach split the revolutionary movement in Europe for many years to come. Bakunin formulated no coherent body of doctrine. His writings were often left incomplete. But anarchist movements owing allegiance to Bakunin continued to flourish in Italy and especially in Spain, where as late as 1936 the anarchists were the strongest revolutionary party.
Bala Gaye, Musa Gibril (b. Aug. 13, 1946), finance minister (2003-05, 2005-09) and foreign minister (2005) of The Gambia.
Balafrej, Ahmed, Arabic Ahmad Balafrij (b. 1908, Rabat, Morocco - d. April 14, 1990, Rabat), foreign minister (1956-58, 1961-63) and prime minister (1958) of Morocco.
Balaguer (Ricardo), Joaquín (Antonio) (b. Sept. 1, 1906/071, Navarrete [now Villa Bisonó], Dominican Republic - d. July 14, 2002, Santo Domingo), president of the Dominican Republic (1960-62, 1966-78, 1986-96). He held numerous executive and diplomatic posts under the Trujillo regime, including minister to Colombia (1940-46), ambassador to Mexico (1947-49), foreign minister (1953-55), minister of education and arts (1955-57), and vice president (1957-60). He was sworn in as president when Hector Trujillo (brother of Gen. Rafael Trujillo) resigned because of illness. As Rafael Trujillo still effectively held all power, Balaguer, who was only the nominal president, could effect little real change or reform. After Rafael Trujillo's assassination in 1961, Balaguer tried to liberalize the government, and the Organization of American States lifted the economic sanctions that had been imposed during Trujillo's dictatorship. But Balaguer's changes went too fast for the trujillistas and not fast enough for others. A short-lived military coup forced him to resign in 1962 and take refuge in the United States. Balaguer returned to the Dominican Republic during the U.S. military intervention of 1965 and ran successfully for president in 1966. He was reelected in 1970 and 1974, but these latter terms were marred by political violence, inflation, and alleged electoral fraud. He lost the 1978 election (the first since 1966 to allow the major opposition party to be represented) to Antonio Guzmán Fernández, also lost the 1982 election, but regained the presidency in the 1986 election and was reelected in 1990 and 1994. During his presidency he undertook an unprecedented public-works program, causing heavy debts and an endangered economy. After international observers questioned the fairness of Balaguer's reelection in 1994, he was pressured to cut short his four-year term and call new elections in 1996. In 2000 the blind nonagenarian ran again for president, finishing third.
1 In his autobiography, Balaguer states that it is impossible to determine whether the year of his birth was 1906 or 1907; his birth certificate was established much later.
Balakrishnan, K(onakuppakatil) G(opinathan) (b. May 12, 1945), governor of Gujarat (1999).
Balakshin, Pavel (Nikolayevich) (b. July 10, 1936), head of the administration of Arkhangelsk oblast (1991-96). He was also mayor of Arkhangelsk (1996-2000).
Balalla, Tissa Reginald (b. July 15, 1937), governor of North Western province, Sri Lanka (2007-15).
Balasuriya, Jagath (b. Nov. 21, 1940), governor of North Central province, Sri Lanka (2003-06). He was also minister of national heritage (2010-15).
Balasuriya, (Neranjala Pushpa) Kumari (b. 1949), governor of Southern province, Sri Lanka (2006-15); wife of Jagath Balasuriya.
Balayogi, Ganti Mohana Chandra (b. Oct. 1, 1951, Yedurulanka village, East Godavari district [now in Andhra Pradesh] - d. March 3, 2002, near Kaikalur, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh), Indian politician. A stranger to politics till 1982, he was attracted to the politics of Telugu Desam founder N.T. Rama Rao. Balayogi was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991 as a Telugu Desam candidate from Amalapuram. He lost his seat in 1996 but made his way to the Andhra Pradesh state assembly from Mummidivaram in East Godavari district. He was the minister of higher education in the Chandrababu Naidu government till his election to the 12th Lok Sabha (1998). On March 24 he was elected as speaker, the first time in history that a Dalit leader was elected to the chair. His tenure as speaker was often marred by noisy clashes between the ruling party members and the opposition. He died in a helicopter crash.
Balázs, Péter (b. Dec. 5, 1941, Kecskemét, Hungary), foreign minister of Hungary (2009-10). He was also ambassador to Denmark (1994-96), Germany (1997-2000), and the European Union (2003-04) and EU commissioner (2004).
Balcytis, Zigmantas (b. Nov. 16, 1953, Juodziai village, Silute district, Lithuanian S.S.R.), finance minister (2005-07) and acting prime minister (2006) of Lithuania. He was also minister of transport and communications (2001-05).
Baldomir (Ferrari), Alfredo (b. Aug. 27, 1884, Montevideo, Uruguay - d. Feb. 25, 1948, Montevideo), president of Uruguay (1938-43). He entered the army in 1900 and later studied architecture and engineering, designing many of Uruguay's buildings and works of art. He became head of the engineering section (1917) and architect (1919) to the Uruguayan general staff. In 1923 he became professor of engineering at the National Military School in Montevideo and subsequently was chief of military construction. He was chief of police in Montevideo in 1931-34 and became defense minister in 1934. The next year he was promoted to the rank of general in the engineers corps. Elected president in 1938, he succeeded his brother-in-law, Gabriel Terra. He appointed as his foreign minister Alberto Guani, whose long association with the League of Nations as permanent delegate for Uruguay gave him great insight into European politics. After the scuttling of the German battleship Graf Spee off Montevideo, General Baldomir redoubled his efforts to preserve the integrity of his country against the pro-Axis elements in the parliament and he began negotiations to place the naval bases of Uruguay at the disposal of the United States. Finally, in January 1942, he broke off diplomatic relations with the Axis powers. After a vote of censure in the Senate, he staged a coup on February 21, dissolving parliament and filling the capital with troops. His term, which was to expire in 1942, was extended but democratic constitutional government was restored by elections in November, in which Baldomir's Colorado Party and its presidential candidate, Juan José de Amézaga, won and a new constitution was approved.
Balducci, Ezio (b. Aug. 23, 1904, Serravalle, San Marino - d. Jan. 30, 1957, Rome, Italy), captain-regent of San Marino (1929-30).
Baldwin, Brian (Paul) (b. Dec. 7, 1944), administrator of Tristan da Cunha (1998-2001).
Baldwin, Robert (b. May 12, 1804, York [now part of Toronto], Upper Canada [now Ontario] - d. Dec. 9, 1858, Spadina, near Toronto), joint premier of Canada (1841, 1842-43, 1848-51). He first became a member of the Upper Canada House of Assembly for York on Jan. 30, 1830. However the death of King George IV forced the dissolution of Parliament; an election was called, and Baldwin lost his seat. In 1836 he served briefly on the Executive Council of Upper Canada and supported the union of Canada, condemning the Rebellion of 1837. He served (1841) on the Executive Council under Baron Sydenham but the governor's refusal to grant responsible government pushed Baldwin to resign and join the opposition. In 1842, under the governorship of Sir Charles Bagot, Baldwin and Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine formed a Liberal administration and held office until Bagot's successor, Sir Charles Metcalfe, caused most of the ministers to resign. In 1848 the Liberals were returned to power. Under the Earl of Elgin, Baldwin and Lafontaine saw the realization of their aim of responsible government and the enactment of other reforms, including municipal self-government for Canada West (former Upper Canada, now Ontario) and freeing of the University of Toronto from sectarian control. Feeling increasingly out of sympathy with the advanced reformers in his party and offended by an attempt to abolish the Court of Chancery in Canada West, which he had personally helped to establish, he resigned in 1851. He was not reelected to Parliament by Toronto. In 1858 the coalition Liberal-Conservative Party invited him to stand for a seat in the upper house, but, dissociated from the radicals, he could not identify with the conservative element of the Liberal Party either.
Baldwin of Bewdley, Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin, (2nd) Earl, Viscount Corvedale of Corvedale (b. March 1, 1899 - d. Aug. 10, 1958, London, England), governor of the Leeward Islands (1948-50); son of Stanley Baldwin, Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. He succeeded to the earldom in 1947.
Baldwin of Bewdley, Stanley Baldwin, (1st) Earl, Viscount Corvedale of Corvedale (b. Aug. 3, 1867, Bewdley, Worcestershire, England - d. Dec. 14, 1947, Astley Hall, near Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire [now in Hereford and Worcester]), British prime minister (1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37). He was elected member of the House of Commons for the Bewdley division of Worcestershire in 1908. In December 1916 he became parliamentary private secretary to Bonar Law, chancellor of the exchequer in David Lloyd George's World War I coalition ministry. In 1922 he became chancellor of the exchequer in the new Conservative government headed by Bonar Law. When ill health forced Law to resign, Baldwin was asked, on May 22, 1923, to form a government. In October he appealed for a mandate to reverse Law's free-trade policy; but a mandate was refused, and Baldwin's first ministry ended Jan. 22, 1924. He returned to office Nov. 4, 1924, following the downfall of the first Labour prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald. In 1927 he secured passage of the antiunion Trade Disputes Act. A Conservative electoral defeat caused Baldwin to resign June 4, 1929. He returned to the government in 1931 as lord president of the council in MacDonald's national coalition ministry. Another general election in 1935 brought him back into power as prime minister, with a majority of 250. In view of the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, the unopposed German reoccupation of the Rhineland, and German-Italian intervention in the Spanish Civil War, he began to strengthen the military establishment. In 1936 he procured the abdication of the new king, Edward VIII. Five months later he resigned in favour of Neville Chamberlain, was made an earl and a knight of the garter, and retired from politics.
Balewa, (Alhaji) Sir Abubakar Tafawa (b. 1912, Tafawa Balewa village, Bauchi emirate, Northern Nigeria - d. January 1966, near Ifo, Nigeria), prime minister of Nigeria (1957-66). In 1946 he was elected to the House of Assembly of the Northern Region and in 1947 was one of five representatives to the Central Legislative Council in Lagos. He was reelected to the assembly in 1951 despite the hostility of some conservative emirs of the generally Muslim north. A leader in the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), he was both a defender of northern special interests and an advocate of reform and Nigerian unity. From 1952 until his death Balewa served in the federal government, first as minister of works and from 1954 as minister of transport. In 1955, to study ways of developing the Niger and Benue rivers, he visited the Netherlands. He also visited the U.S., where he toured the Mississippi water control system and was made an honorary citizen of New Orleans. As leader of the NPC in the House of Representatives, he was made the first prime minister of Nigeria in 1957. After the preindependence elections of 1959, he formed a coalition government of the NPC and Nnamdi Azikiwe's National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons. As prime minister of independent (1960) Nigeria, he was sharply circumscribed in his powers by those delegated to regional premiers. By 1963 ethnic differences and thinly veiled separatist tendencies in the nation had begun to boil. He was killed in the first of two Nigerian army coups in 1966; he was abducted on January 15, and his death was announced on January 22, his remains having been discovered the previous day. Balewa attained the honorary title of Alhaji after a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1957 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1960.
Balfour, Arthur James Balfour, (1st) Earl of, Viscount Traprain of Whittingehame (b. July 25, 1848, Whittingehame, East Lothian, Scotland - d. March 19, 1930, Woking, Surrey, England), British prime minister (1902-05); nephew of Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury. He entered Parliament as a Conservative member for Hertford in 1874. In the second Salisbury ministry, he was secretary for Scotland (1886-87) and then chief secretary for Ireland (1887-91). An implacable opponent of Irish Home Rule, he earned the name "Bloody Balfour" because of his severity in suppressing insurrection. He became (1891) leader of the House of Commons and first lord of the treasury, thus being second in command to Lord Salisbury. During William Ewart Gladstone's last Liberal ministry (1892-94) he led the opposition in the House of Commons. In the last Salisbury government (1895-1902) Balfour became more powerful as his uncle's health declined. After Salisbury's retirement, Balfour became prime minister. Negotiations for an Anglo-French agreement (Entente Cordiale) were completed in 1904. Increasing Conservative disunity finally caused him to resign, although he remained the official party leader until November 1911. On May 25, 1915, when H.H. Asquith formed a wartime coalition ministry, Balfour succeeded Winston Churchill as first lord of the Admiralty. In David Lloyd George's coalition he was foreign secretary (1916-19). He is perhaps best remembered for the so-called Balfour Declaration (1917), pledging British aid for Zionist efforts to establish a home for world Jewry in Palestine. After the war Balfour served twice in the cabinet post of lord president of the council (1919-22, 1925-29). In 1922 he was created an earl and a knight of the garter.
Balfour-Paul, (Hugh) Glencairn (b. Sept. 23, 1917, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland - d. July 2, 2008, Shobrooke, Devon, England), British political agent in the Trucial States (1964-66). He was also ambassador to Iraq (1969-71), Jordan (1972-75), and Tunisia (1975-77).
Balgimbayev, Nurlan (Utebovich), Kazakh Nurlan Utep-uly Balgimbayev (b. Nov. 20, 1947), prime minister of Kazakhstan (1997-99). He was also minister of oil and gas (1994-97).
Balindlela, (Zisiwe) Nosimo (Beauty) (b. Nov. 28, 1949, Hermanus, Cape province [now in Western Cape], South Africa), premier of Eastern Cape (2004-08).
Balkenende, Jan Peter, byname of Jan Pieter Balkenende (b. May 7, 1956, Kapelle, Zeeland, Netherlands), prime minister of the Netherlands (2002-10).
Ball, Sir Alexander John, (1st) Baronet (baptized July 22, 1756, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England - d. Oct. 25, 1809, Attard, near Valletta, Malta), president of the Provisional Government in rebellion (1799-1800), British representative (1800-01), and civil commissioner (1803-09) of Malta. He was made a baronet on June 24, 1801.
Balladur, Édouard (b. May 2, 1929, Izmir, Turkey), prime minister of France (1993-95). He worked for the Council of State as a junior official. In 1962 he joined the Office of Radio and Television Broadcasting (ORTF). The head of ORTF recommended him to Prime Minister (later Pres.) Georges Pompidou, and during the 1960s and '70s Balladur was a member of Pompidou's staff, serving as adviser (1964-68) and becoming deputy secretary-general to the president (1969) and then secretary-general (1974). From 1984 to 1988 Balladur served as councillor of state, and he was an adviser to Jacques Chirac, the leader of the neo-Gaullist party Rally for the Republic (RPR). In 1986 Balladur was elected to the National Assembly as deputy for Paris, but he gave up his seat to join newly appointed Prime Minister Chirac's cabinet as minister of economy, finance, and privatization. A political moderate, Balladur had helped develop the formula for "cohabitation," the sharing of power between the Socialist president, François Mitterrand, and Chirac's conservative government. As finance minister he launched an ambitious privatization program; oversaw the easing of controls on prices, capital, and labour; and supported the introduction of a single European currency. Chirac's government left office in 1988, and Balladur was reelected to the National Assembly. After conservatives won an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly elections of March 21, 1993, Mitterrand, forced to choose a right-wing head of government, appointed Balladur as prime minister. Balladur thus headed another "cohabitation" government. In 1995 he ran for president but finished only third behind Lionel Jospin and Jacques Chirac; he then supported Chirac in the runoff.
Ballantrae (of Auchairne in the County of Ayr and of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand), Bernard (Edward) Fergusson, Baron (b. May 6, 1911 - d. Nov. 28, 1980, London, England), governor-general of New Zealand (1962-67); son of Sir Charles Fergusson. He was knighted in 1962 and made a life peer in 1972.
Ballantyne, Sir Frederick (Nathaniel) (b. July 5, 1936), governor-general of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (2002- ); knighted 2002.
Ballard, Greg (b. Nov. 20, 1954, Indianapolis, Ind.), mayor of Indianapolis (2008- ).
Ballay, Noël (Eugène Victor) (b. July 14, 1847, Fontenay-sur-Eure, Eure-et-Loir, France - d. Jan. 26, 1902, Saint-Louis, Senegal), lieutenant governor of Gabon (1886-89), acting commissioner-general of Gabon and Congo (1888-90), governor of French Guinea (1891-1900), and governor-general of French West Africa and governor of Senegal (1900-02).
Ballinger, Richard A(chilles) (b. July 9, 1858, Boonesboro, Iowa - d. June 6, 1922, Seattle, Wash.), mayor of Seattle (1904-06) and U.S. secretary of the interior (1909-11).
Ballmer, Adrian (b. Jan. 23, 1947, Basel, Switzerland), president of the government of Basel-Land (2004-05, 2008-09).
Ballot, (Marie Paul) Victor (b. Oct. 11, 1853, Fort-de-France, Martinique - d. March 17, 1939, Paris), governor of Dahomey (1894-99) and Guadeloupe (1907-08).
Balmaceda (Fernández), José Manuel (Emiliano) (b. July 19, 1840, Santiago, Chile - d. Sept. 19, 1891, Santiago), president of Chile (1886-91). He was elected to the Chilean congress in 1870. A leader of a liberal, anticlerical group, he was sent as minister to Argentina (1878), where he successfully prevented Argentina from entering the War of the Pacific. While serving in the cabinet of Pres. Domingo Santa María (1881-86), he promoted public works. He was seen as the real man at the wheel and at the next election he was triumphantly returned by the Liberal Party. As president he advanced public education and railroad construction but inherited the legislative revolt against the executive begun in the 1860s. His attempts to prevent congressional limitation of the presidential powers led to the outbreak of civil war in January 1891. Congress, with navy support, defeated Balmaceda's forces within eight months. He took refuge in the Argentine legation and, rather than surrender to a trial, he committed suicide by shooting himself through the temple; this news was received with great rejoicing throughout Chile. His defeat left parliamentary government entrenched until the mid-1920s.
Balodis, Antons (b. Jan. 15, 1880, Jerceni, Russia [now in northern Latvia] - d. Jan. 1, 1942), foreign minister of Latvia (1928-30). He was also ambassador to Lithuania (1924-28) and Finland (1930-33).
Balói, Oldemiro (Júlio Marques) (b. April 9, 1955, Maputo, Mozambique), foreign minister of Mozambique (2008- ). He was also minister of industry, trade, and tourism (1994-99).
Balsemão, Francisco (José Pereira) Pinto (b. Sept. 1, 1937, Lisbon), prime minister of Portugal (1981-83). He was publisher from 1973 of the Expresso, which was strongly critical of the Salazar-Caetano regime. In 1975 Balsemão was vice-president of the Constituent Assembly and in 1977, opposition spokesman on foreign affairs. A pragmatist and conciliator, Balsemão was the opposite of Francisco Sá Carneiro, whom he succeeded as premier on Jan. 9, 1981, following the latter's death in a plane crash in December 1980. The two had been co-founders of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in 1974, but the former leader's abrasive personality had caused numerous defections from the party. Those who picked Balsemão to succeed Sá Carneiro saw him as a more flexible manager who could steer Portugal through the difficult task of revising the 1976 Socialist constitution and preparing the country for membership in the European Communities. Balsemão maintained the free market-private enterprise slant of the PSD but with a much more urbane style, knowing that he would need a two-thirds majority in the Assembly to get his party's planned constitutional amendments passed. Balsemão's critics underestimated his role in keeping the PSD together when Sá Carneiro's intolerance of dissidents threatened to fragment the party. However, he had yet to convince the political and business communities of his determination in pursuing the PSD's program. An August 1981 crisis in which Balsemão called his critics' bluff and challenged them to find a replacement ended in triumph for him. The incident served to strengthen his hand and forced the dissidents to accept their share of the responsibility of running the country in a difficult period. He did not run for another term as PSD leader in 1983.
Balsiger, Hans-Ernst (b. Oct. 2, 1926, Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland - d. [hit by a truck] Sept. 4, 2009, Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland), Schultheiss of Luzern (1984).
Baltic, Milutin (b. Dec. 2, 1920, Donje Seliste village, near Glina, Croatia - d. Oct. 27, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia), president of the Presidency of Croatia (1983-84).
Baltimore (of Baltimore), Charles Calvert, (3rd) Baron (b. Aug. 27, 1637, England - d. Feb. 21, 1715, London), governor of Maryland (1661-76, 1679-84). He was sent over as governor of Maryland in 1661 by his father, Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, and at his father's death in 1675 he succeeded as proprietor of the colony. Like his grandfather, George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, Charles Calvert was a Roman Catholic, and anti-Catholic feeling was strong among Maryland's Protestant majority. Matters were further aggravated by the hostility of the Susquehanna Indians, as well as by Calvert's need to defend his territorial jurisdiction against claims by William Penn to the north. Antagonism in the Maryland Assembly led Calvert in 1670 to restrict the suffrage by property qualifications and occasionally to set aside acts of the legislature. In 1684 he went to England to defend himself in the dispute with Penn and to answer charges of favouring Catholics and obstructing customs collection. He never returned. After the Revolution of 1688 in England, he was deprived of the province. He was accused of taking part in two Roman Catholic plots but was never arrested. His son, Benedict Leonard Calvert (4th Baron Baltimore), conformed to the established Church of England in 1713 and thereupon had the colony of Maryland restored to him.
Baltimore, Charles Calvert, (5th) Baron (b. Sept. 29, 1699 - d. April 24, 1751), governor of Maryland (1720-27, 1732-33).
Bamali, (Alhaji Mallam) Nuhu, Bamali also spelled Bamalli (b. 1917, Lere [now in Kaduna state], Nigeria - d. Feb. 25, 2001), foreign minister of Nigeria (1965-66); grandson of Malam Musa ibn Muhammad (ruler of Zaria).
Bamana, Younoussa (b. April 1, 1935, Kani Kéli, Mayotte - d. June 22, 2007, Mamoudzou, Mayotte), prefect of Mayotte (1975-76). He was proclaimed prefect by pro-French demonstrators who did not want Mayotte to become part of the newly independent state of Comoros. He was president of the General Council of Mayotte from 1977 to 2004, and also the first deputy from Mayotte to the French parliament (1978-81).
Bamanisa (Saïdi), Jean (b. April 7, 1964, Stanleyville, Congo [Léopoldville] [now Kisangani, Congo (Kinshasa)]), governor of Orientale (2013- ).
Bambridge, Georges (b. June 1, 1887, Papeete, French Settlements in Oceania [now French Polynesia] - d. Jan. 19, 1942, Pirae, French Settlements in Oceania), mayor of Papeete (1933-42) and member of the Provisional Government of the French Settlements in Oceania (1940).
Bamigboye, Theophilus (Oladapo) (b. March 3, 1951), administrator of Bauchi (1996-98) and Osun (1998-99).
Bamina, Joseph (b. 1925, Bukeye, Burundi - d. [executed] Dec. 16, 1965), prime minister of Burundi (1965). He was also president of the Senate in 1965.
Ban Ki Moon, Revised Romanization Ban Gi-mun (b. June 13, 1944, Eumseong, North Chungchong province, Korea [now in South Korea]), foreign minister of South Korea (2004-06) and secretary-general of the United Nations (2007- ). He was ambassador to Austria in 1998-2000.
Banana, Canaan (Sodindo) (b. March 5, 1936, Esiphezini, Essexvale district [now Esigodini district], Southern Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe] - d. Nov. 10, 2003, Harare), president of Zimbabwe (1980-87). On Nov. 26, 1998, he was found guilty of two cases of sodomy, nine cases of indecent assault, attempted sodomy, and of committing "unnatural" sexual acts. Banana, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, had denied in court that he tried to sexually attack his aides-de-camp, guards, and cook or two other men he picked up on the streets. In a highly publicized trial that lasted 17 days, one of the alleged victims described how Banana had treated him to drinks, a game of cards, and ballroom music before drugging and raping him on a carpet in the presidential State House library. The aide also alleged he watched pornographic videos with his boss before they had sex. Until his indictment, Banana had been under police investigation for months after allegations that he had raped and forced one of his former aides into a homosexual relationship during his presidency. The aide, Jefta Dube, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for the 1995 fatal shooting of a fellow policeman, Patrick Mashiri, who goaded him by calling him "Banana's wife." Banana - a Methodist church priest, married with four children - dismissed all suggestions that he is a homosexual as "a mortuary of pathological lies and a malicious vendetta of vilification and character assassination." Banana fled the country ahead of his conviction, going first to Botswana and then to South Africa, but returned in December 1998 and was placed under house arrest. In January 1999 he was sentenced to 10 years in jail, but with nine years suspended. The Supreme Court upheld the conviction in May 2000. He was released in 2001 after serving eight months in jail, getting time off for good behaviour.
Bancroft, George (b. Oct. 3, 1800, Worcester, Mass. - d. Jan. 17, 1891, Washington, D.C.), U.S. secretary of the navy (1845-46). He was also minister to the United Kingdom (1846-49) and Prussia/Germany (1867-74) and president of the American Historical Association (1885-86).
Banda, Etta (Elizabeth), foreign minister of Malawi (2009-11).
Banda, Hastings Kamuzu (b. 1898?1, near Kasungu, British Central Africa Protectorate [now Malawi] - d. Nov. 25, 1997, Johannesburg, South Africa), prime minister (1963-66) and president (1966-94) of Malawi (until 1964 Nyasaland). He first became involved in his homeland's politics when white settlers in the region demanded the federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland in 1949. Banda and others in Nyasaland strongly objected to this extension of white dominance, but the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was nevertheless established in 1953. In 1959 he was imprisoned by the British colonial authorities. He was released in 1960 and a few months later accepted British constitutional proposals granting Africans in Nyasaland a majority in the Legislative Council. He was minister of natural resources and local government in 1961-63, and he became prime minister in 1963, the year the federation was finally dissolved. He retained the post of prime minister when Nyasaland achieved independence in 1964 under the name of Malawi. Malawi became a republic in 1966 with Banda as president. He headed an austere, autocratic one-party regime and jailed or executed his opponents. He had himself declared president for life in 1971. He concentrated on building up infrastructure and increasing agricultural productivity. His foreign-policy orientation was decidedly pro-Western. Widespread domestic protests and the withdrawal of Western aid forced him to legalize other political parties in 1993. In the country's first multiparty presidential elections (1994), he was defeated by Bakili Muluzi. Muluzi's government tried him for the 1983 murder of four political opponents but he was found not guilty. He finally retired from opposition politics in July 1997.
1 Banda's official birthday was May 18, 1906, but he was widely believed to be older and the hospital where he died gave his age as 99. For many years, it was a criminal offense to discuss his age in Malawi. His nephew, former local government minister Katola Phiri, said Banda was actually born in 1896 and that his original name was Kamnkhwala Banda, he was baptized in 1910 Akim Kamnkhwala Mtunthama Banda, and changed the name to Hastings Kamuzu Banda sometime after 1917. (There even has been a story that Banda died young, while a medical student, and that Richard Armstrong, an American medical student who had befriended him, had taken his place.)
Banda, Joyce (Hilda), née Mtila (b. April 12, 1950, Zomba, Nyasaland [now Malawi]), foreign minister (2006-09), vice president (2009-12), and president (2012-14) of Malawi. She was also minister of gender, child welfare, and community services (2004-06).
Banda, Rupiah (Bwezani) (b. Feb. 13, 1937, Gwenda, Southern Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe]), foreign minister (1975-76), vice president (2006-08), and president (2008-11) of Zambia. He was also ambassador to the United Arab Republic (1965-67) and the United States (1967-69) and permanent representative to the United Nations (1974-75).
Bandara, Janaka Priyantha (b. Feb. 1, 1968), governor of Sabaragamuwa (2009-10). He was also Sri Lankan ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2008-09).
Bandaranaike, Anura (Priyadarshi Solomon Dias) (b. Feb. 15, 1949, Colombo, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] - d. March 16, 2008, Colombo), foreign minister of Sri Lanka (2005); son of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike; brother of Chandrika Kumaratunga. He first entered parliament in 1977 and held the positions of opposition leader (1983-88), minister of higher education (1993-94), and parliamentary speaker (2000-01). He was appointed minister of industry, tourism, and investment promotion when Kumaratunga's party returned to power in 2004. He kept the tourism portfolio when he was appointed foreign minister in 2005. When a new cabinet was appointed later that year, he lost the foreign portfolio again but was confirmed as tourism minister, a post he held until January 2007, when he was given the less significant portfolio of national heritage. In February 2007 he was sacked as part of a cleanup of dissidents within the government and said he was happy to be out of a "carnival of clowns," but within two weeks he was reinstated in the post as the differences between him and Pres. Mahinda Rajapakse were said to be resolved. In December, however, he resigned and defected from the government.
Bandaranaike, S(olomon) W(est) R(idgeway) D(ias) (b. Jan. 8, 1899, Colombo, Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] - d. Sept. 26, 1959, Colombo), prime minister of Ceylon (1956-59). He became interested in the fight for self-government and joined the National Congress Party. In 1931 he was elected to the newly formed legislative assembly, the State Council. In 1947, as a prominent member of the governing United National Party (UNP), he was elected to the new House of Representatives and appointed minister of health and local government. He resigned from the government and the Western-oriented UNP in 1951 and founded the Sinhale Haha Sabha. Before the next election - in 1952 - he dissolved the latter group and founded the nationalist Sri Lanka (Blessed Ceylon) Freedom Party. It gained only nine seats in the House, but he was returned with a record majority and became leader of the opposition. Four years later he formed the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP; People's United Front), a political alliance of four nationalist-socialist parties, which swept the election; he became prime minister on April 12, 1956. The MEP advocated a neutralist foreign policy and strong nationalist policies at home. Sinhalese, the language spoken by the majority community, replaced English as the official language of the country, and Buddhism, the majority religion, was given a prominent place in the affairs of state. By amicable agreement the British relinquished their military bases on the island, and Ceylon established diplomatic relations with communist states. A disgruntled Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, shot Bandaranaike on Sept. 25, 1959, and he died the following day. After the 1960 elections, his widow, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became prime minister.
Bandaranaike, Sirimavo (Ratwatte Dias), byname Sirima Bandaranaike, original name Sirimavo Ratwatte (b. April 17, 1916, Ratnapura, Ceylon [now in Sabaragamuwa province, Sri Lanka] - d. Oct. 10, 2000, Colombo), prime minister (1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000) of Sri Lanka (until 1972 Ceylon); widow of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. After her husband was assassinated in 1959, she was induced by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to become the party's leader (May 1960). The SLFP won a decisive victory at the general election in July 1960, and she became the world's first woman prime minister. She carried on her husband's policies of socialism, neutrality in international relations, and the active encouragement of the Buddhist religion and of the Sinhalese language and culture. In 1964 her coalition with the Marxist Lanka Sama Samaja Party caused dissension in her government, which was subsequently defeated in the general election of 1965. In 1970, however, her socialist coalition, the United Front, regained power, and as prime minister she pursued more radical policies. Her strategy, which included the nationalization of important industries, was nullified by repressive measures and failure to deal with ethnic rivalries and economic distress; in the election of July 1977 her party retained only 8 of 168 seats in the National Assembly and she was replaced as prime minister. In 1980 parliament expelled her and barred her from political office, but in 1986 Pres. J.R. Jayewardene granted her a pardon that restored her rights. In 1994 her daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunga, was elected president and appointed Bandaranaike to a third term as prime minister, a position that had become largely ceremonial. She stepped down in August 2000 to let her daughter reorganize the cabinet ahead of elections; she died shortly after voting on election day.
Bandeira (Tavares Vaz da Conceição), Alda (b. Sept. 22, 1949, Santana, São Tomé), foreign minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (1991-93, 2002); wife of Norberto Costa Alegre.
Banerjee, Mamata (b. Jan. 5, 1955, Calcutta [now Kolkata], West Bengal, India), chief minister of West Bengal (2011- ). She was also Indian minister of railways (1999-2001, 2009-11) and coal and mines (2004).
Banerji, Asoka Nath (b. Dec. 19, 1917, Banaras, India), governor of Himachal Pradesh (1981-83) and Karnataka (1983-88).
Banga-Bothy, Léonie, née Mbazoa, foreign minister of the Central African Republic (2013-14).
Bangarappa, S(arekoppa) (b. Oct. 26, 1932, Kubatur village, Shimoga district, Mysore [now Karnataka], India - d. Dec. 26, 2011, Bangalore, Karnataka), chief minister of Karnataka (1990-92).
Bangoura, (Camara Hadja) Mahawa (b. March 13, 1947, Conakry, French Guinea [now Guinea]), foreign minister of Guinea (2000-02). She was permanent representative to the United Nations in 1994-2000.
Bangui, Sylvestre (b. March 15, 1934, Mbaïki, Lobaye, Oubangui-Chari [now Central African Republic] - d. June 4, 1996, Paris), foreign minister of the Central African Republic (1979-80). He served as ambassador to France in 1975-79.
Bangura, (Alimamy) Pallo (b. 1950?), foreign minister of Sierra Leone (1997-98). He was also permanent representative to the United Nations (1994-96), minister of energy and power (1999-2000), and a presidential candidate (2002; 1.7% of the vote).
Bangura, Zainab (Hawa) (b. Dec. 18, 1959, Tonkolili district, Sierra Leone), foreign minister of Sierra Leone (2007-10). She was minister of health and sanitation in 2010-12.
Banharn Silpa-archa, also spelled Silapa-archa (b. Aug. 19, 1932, Suphan Buri province), interior minister (1990, 1995-96), finance minister (1990-91), and prime minister (1995-96) of Thailand.
Bani, John (Bennett) (b. July 1, 1941, Pentecost island, New Hebrides [now Vanuatu]), president of Vanuatu (1999-2004). Father John Bani, an Anglican priest, became involved in politics in the 1970s, together with Father Walter Lini and Donald Kalpokas. The three founded a newspaper which was successful in advocating independence for Vanuatu. Bani was elected the fifth president of Vanuatu when he succeeded in getting the required two-thirds support of the Electoral College, made up of 49 members of Parliament and the heads of Vanuatu's six provincial councils. He received 43 votes. Only members of the National United Party voted against him.
Bani-Sadr, Abolhassan (b. March 22, 1933, Hamadan, near Abadan, Iran), president of Iran (1980-81). He was a leader of the antishah student movement in the early 1960s and was imprisoned twice for political activities. Wounded in the unsuccessful uprising of June 1963, he emigrated to France. He joined Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's entourage during the latter's exile in France, and the two returned to Iran together on Feb. 1, 1979. Bani-Sadr was appointed deputy minister of economy and finance in Mehdi Bazargan's government in July 1979 and became full minister in November of that year. He was elected first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Jan. 25, 1980, with 75% of the popular vote. Khomeini, the nation's religious leader, administered the oath of office on February 4. Two days later Khomeini appointed Bani-Sadr chairman of the Revolutionary Council, Iran's policy-making body. As president of the republic Bani-Sadr was appointed commander in chief of the armed forces on February 19. In August and September 1980 he was fortunate to escape injury in two helicopter crashes near the Iraq frontier. His presidency was an uphill struggle against enemies in the clergy seeking to reduce him to a figurehead and also against inexperienced departmental executives. Some indignant members of the Majlis (parliament) on December 16 demanded his punishment for revealing "military secrets." Khomeini dismissed him as commander-in-chief after military reverses against Iraq in 1981 and he was forced to flee the country in July as crowds of hardliners surrounded his office, baying for his head. He escaped to France where he allied himself with the Islamic leftist Mujaheddin-e Khalq movement, which was crushed in a wave of bloodshed. He lives in Versailles, near Paris, in a villa closely guarded by French police.
Banjac, Mirko (b. Sept. 17, 1951, Strigova village, near Bosanska Dubica [now Kozarska Dubica, Republika Srpska], Bosnia and Herzegovina), chairman of the House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999-2000).
Banks, Victor (Franklin) (b. Nov. 8, 1947, Anguilla), chief minister of Anguilla (2015- ). He was also minister of social services (1981-84), finance and economic development (1994-99, 2000-10), investment and commerce (2000-10), and tourism (2005-10).
Banneville, Gaston-Robert Morin, marquis de (b. April 26, 1818 - d. June 13, 1881, Paris, France), foreign minister of France (1877). He was also ambassador to Switzerland (1866-68), the Papal State (1868-70), and Austria-Hungary (1871-73).
Bannon, John Charles (b. May 7, 1943, Bendigo, Vic.), premier of South Australia (1982-92).
Bannside, Ian (Richard Kyle) Paisley, Baron (b. April 6, 1926, Armagh, Northern Ireland - d. Sept. 12, 2014), first minister of Northern Ireland (2007-08). He co-founded the Free Presbyterian Church in 1951. Although it attracted less than 1% of Northern Ireland's population, he became popular as a Protestant leader in the divided province. He was imprisoned for three months in 1966 for leading a banned march through a Catholic section of Belfast, and for over a month in 1969 for participating in an unlawful assembly. In 1970 he was elected to the British and Northern Ireland parliaments. In 1971 he founded the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), splitting from the dominant Ulster Unionist Party (UUP). In 1979-2004 he was a member of the European Parliament, being remembered for his outburst against Pope John Paul II, who spoke there in 1988. Paisley roared, "Antichrist! I renounce you and all your cults and creeds," and had to be dragged from the chamber. He bitterly opposed the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which paved the way for the formation of a government of Northern Ireland consisting of representatives of the major parties representing both the Protestant and Catholic communities. In 2003 the DUP became the largest unionist party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and thereafter Paisley, who had been a symbol of intolerant sectarianism, made overtures to the Irish-nationalist Sinn Féin. When the suspension of Northern Irish self-government was lifted in 2007, he formed a power-sharing government with Sinn Féin, which worked remarkably well. In January 2008 he stepped down as moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, and in May-June he resigned as DUP leader and first minister. In 2010 he did not seek reelection to his seat in the House of Commons and was made a life peer.
Banny, Charles Konan (b. Nov. 11, 1942, Divo, southern Ivory Coast), prime minister and finance minister of Côte d'Ivoire (2005-07).
Banovic, Luka (b. Oct. 10, 1926, Prekornica, near Cetinje, Yugoslavia [now in Montenegro] - d. ...), interior minister (1971-74) and justice minister (1978-82) of Yugoslavia.
Bañuelos (Bañuelos), (José) Félix (b. Oct. 1, 1878, Monte Escobedo, Zacatecas, Mexico - d. Sept. 2, 1948, Mexico City, Mexico), governor of Quintana Roo (1931-32) and Zacatecas (1936-40).
Banya, Sama (Siama) (b. June 10, 1930), foreign minister of Sierra Leone (1998-2001).
Banyat Bantadtan (b. May 15, 1942, Surat Thani province, Thailand), interior minister of Thailand (2000-01).
Banzer Suárez, Hugo, byname El Petiso (Spanish: "The Short One") (b. May 10, 1926, Concepción, Santa Cruz department, Bolivia - d. May 5, 2002, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia), president of Bolivia (1971-78, 1997-2001). He served as minister of education (1964-66) in the cabinet of Pres. René Barrientos and as military attaché in Washington (1967-69) until he returned to Bolivia to head the Military College. In successive governmental changes between right- and left-wing officers, the conservative Banzer helped Gen. Rogelio Miranda overthrow Pres. Alfredo Ovando in September 1970; in August 1971 Banzer himself overthrew the leftist Gen. Juan José Torres, who had dismissed him as director of the Military College. Banzer encouraged foreign investment, but his restrictive policies regarding union activity and constitutional liberties led to opposition from labour leaders, clergymen, peasants, and students. All opposition was severely repressed. In 1974 he survived two coup attempts and also suppressed a peasant uprising. He declined to run for president in the 1978 elections, which were won by Gen. Juan Pereda Asbún amid universal charges of vote fraud. Pereda himself requested a new election, but before it could take place, he staged a coup, forcing Banzer to resign on July 21, 1978. Exiled by Pereda as ambassador to Argentina, Banzer returned in 1979 and entered the presidential elections in that year and subsequent years. In 1985 he led the popular vote but lost in the subsequent runoff in the Congress. He placed second in the 1989 and 1993 elections. In 1997 he won the popular vote as well as the runoff in Congress and took office for a five-year term. His efforts to sharply reduce coca cultivation won him praise in Washington. He was forced by cancer to resign in 2001, a year before his term ended.
Bao Dai (era name), personal name Nguyen Phuoc Vinh Thuy (b. Oct. 22, 1913, Hue, Annam [now in Vietnam] - d. July 31, 1997, Paris, France), emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and premier (1949-50) and chief of state (1949-55) of South Vietnam. After the death of his father, Emperor Khai Dinh, in November 1925, he succeeded to the throne in January 1926 and assumed the title Bao Dai ("Keeper of Greatness"). He initially sought to reform and modernize the country but was unable to win French cooperation. The Japanese swept away French administration in Indochina in March 1945 and allowed him to remain as an essentially powerless ruler. When the Viet Minh seized power in August 1945, Ho Chi Minh and his colleagues asked him to resign. Judging that there was symbolic value to be gained by having Bao Dai linked to them, they offered him an advisory role as "Citizen Prince Nguyen Vinh Thuy." But in 1946 Bao Dai left Hanoi for China. In 1949 the French accepted the principle of an independent Vietnam but retained control of its defense and finance. Bao Dai returned on April 28, 1949, and became premier of a nominally independent State of Vietnam. Reinstalled as chief of state, he continued his pleasure-seeking ways, became generally known as the "Playboy Emperor," and left the affairs of state to his various pro-French Vietnamese appointees. When the 1954 peace accord between the French and communists resulted in the formal division of Vietnam into North and South, he tried to assume true power in South Vietnam. But in 1955 he was deposed by his premier Ngo Dinh Diem, who used his military power and a questionable referendum to declare himself head of state. Bao Dai fled to France, where he spent the rest of his life.
Bao Guiqing (b. 1867, Haicheng, Liaoning, China - d. March 1, 1934, Beijing, China), military and civil governor of Heilongjiang (1917-19), military (1919-21) and civil (1920-21) governor of Jilin, and army minister of China (1921-22). As a general loyal to the Qing dynasty, he supported the imperial order and led his forces to Wuhan to fight against the revolting army of Hubei in October 1911. He turned to Yuan Shikai after the founding of the republic, persecuting the revolutionary activists in the northeastern region. After Yuan's death, he turned to Zhang Zuolin and started his gubernatorial career in the northeast. He resigned from all his posts and quit politics upon the fall of Zhang Zuolin.
Baptista, Lourival (Gomes da Costa) (b. Oct. 3, 1915, Sítio do Meio, Entre Ríos municipality, Bahia, Brazil - d. March 8, 2013, Brasília, Brazil), governor of Sergipe (1967-70).
Baptiste, Alva (Romanus), foreign minister of Saint Lucia (2011- ).
Baquedano (González), Manuel (Jesús) (b. Jan. 1, 1823, Santiago - d. Sept. 30, 1897, Santiago), "accidental" chief of state of Chile (1891). General Baquedano was commander-in-chief of the Chilean army during the War of the Pacific against Peru and Bolivia in 1879. He did not take part in the revolution of 1891, but was temporarily placed in charge of the government when Pres. José Manuel Balmaceda resigned; three days later he handed over to the revolutionary junta.
Baquerizo Moreno, Alfredo (b. Sept. 28, 1859, Guayaquil, Ecuador - d. March 19, 1951, New York City), foreign minister (1901-03), vice president (1903-06), and president (1912 [acting], 1916-20, 1931-32 [acting]) of Ecuador. He was also minister to the United States (1903-05).
Barabanov, Vladimir (Aleksandrovich) (b. Aug. 1, 1951), head of the administration of Bryansk oblast (1991-93, 1995-96).
Baradei, Mohamed (Mostafa) al- (he uses the unconventional spelling ElBaradei) (b. June 17, 1942, Cairo, Egypt), director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1997-2009) and vice president of Egypt (2013). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, jointly with the IAEA.
Baraguir, Datu Amir bin Muhammad (b. Jan. 16, 1960, Salimbao barangay, Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao province, Philippines - d. Jan. 11, 2006, Salimbao), sultan of Magindanao (2000-06); son of Muhammad Gutierez bin Baraguir. He was enthroned on Dec. 12, 2005. Barely a month later, he was assassinated by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle.
Barak, Ehud, original name Ehud Brog (b. Feb. 12, 1942, Mishmar Hasharon kibbutz, central Palestine [now in Israel]), prime minister of Israel (1999-2001). He changed his name when he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces in 1959. In a distinguished military career, he was a commander in battles in the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973) but became known especially as the leader of special forces units that conducted commando raids. He served as head of military intelligence, and he became chief of General Staff in 1991. When he retired in 1995 as a lieutenant general, the highest rank, he was the most decorated soldier in the history of Israel's military. He joined the Labour Party in 1995 and under Labour governments he was interior minister in 1995 and foreign minister in 1995-96. In June 1997 he succeeded Shimon Peres as head of the Labour Party. In March 1999 he formed the One Israel bloc, an alliance of Labour with the Gesher Party of David Levy and Meimad, a moderate Orthodox Jewish movement. On May 17, 1999, he won a commanding victory in the prime ministerial elections, defeating the incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. But he was unable to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, and in the fall of 2000 a new wave of violence broke out in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He called early elections, thereby heading off a potential challenge from Netanyahu to succeed him. Instead, he faced a more militant opponent, Ariel Sharon, who analysts believed would be an easier opponent for Barak. But the incumbent fell far behind his opponent in the polls, and in February 2001 lost by an unprecedented margin. He declined an offer to be defense minister in Sharon's government, resigned as party leader, and also quit as member of parliament. In 2007 he was reelected to the party leadership and became defense minister. In 2011 he broke away from the Labour Party to form a new faction called Independence. This party did not win seats in the 2013 elections and he left politics for the time being.
Barakat, Ahmad Qaid (b. 1934, Sana, Yemen), foreign minister of Yemen (Sana) (1969-70). He was also minister of information and culture (1971-72), oil and mineral resources (1978-80), and economy and industry (1983-86) and ambassador to West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria (1972-77) and Japan (1981-83).
Barakauskas, Dailis (Alfonsas) (b. June 29, 1952, Geruciai, Pakruojis rayon, Lithuanian S.S.R.), interior minister of Lithuania (2012-14).
Baramia, Giorgi (b. Feb. 25, 1966, Sukhumi, Abkhaz A.S.S.R., Georgian S.S.R.), prime minister of the pro-Georgian government of Abkhazia (2009- ).
Baramidze, Giorgi (Aivengos dze) (b. Jan. 5, 1968, Tbilisi, Georgian S.S.R.), interior minister (2003-04) and defense minister (2004) of Georgia. He was also state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration (2004-12).
Baramuli, (Ahmad) Arnold (b. July 20, 1930, Pinrang, Netherlands East Indies [now in Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia] - d. Oct. 11, 2006, Jakarta, Indonesia), governor of Sulawesi Utara (1961-62).
Baranda García, Alfredo (b. 1944, Distrito Federal, Mexico), interim governor of México (1986-87). He was also Mexican ambassador to Spain (1987-89).
Bararunyeretse, Libère (b. Feb. 9, 1954, Mugende, Gitaramuka commune, Karusi province, Burundi), interior minister (1991-92), foreign minister (1992-93), and president of the transitional Senate (2002-05) of Burundi. He was also ambassador to Belgium (1987).
Barata, Joaquim de Magalhães Cardoso (b. June 2, 1888 - d. May 29, 1959), governor of Pará (1930-35, 1943-45, 1956-59).
Baratieri, Oreste (b. Nov. 13, 1841, Condino, Lombardy, Austrian Empire [now in Italy] - d. Aug. 7, 1901, Sterzing, Tirol, Austria-Hungary [now Vipiteno, Italy]), Italian colonial administrator. He fell into disgrace with the Austrian authorities at an early age because of his support of the cause of Italian unification. He went to Milan, where, in 1859, he joined Giuseppe Garibaldi's volunteers, serving under him in the Sicilian and south Italian campaigns of 1860. He commanded a regiment in Eritrea in 1887-91 and was named commander in chief of Italian troops in Africa in 1891. Although he came in conflict with the civilian authorities in Eritrea for his encouragement of private investment in the colony, his views prevailed when he was named governor in 1892. After opening Eritrea to private capital and extensive land settlement, Baratieri attempted, in 1895, to extend its borders into Ethiopia. Two defeats from the Ethiopians at the end of 1895 caused a demand for his recall, and Gen. Antonio Baldissera was sent out to replace him, the fact to be kept secret. Baratieri, however, heard of the intention, and endeavoured to win a great success before the arrival of Baldissera. However, he incurred an overwhelming disaster by the forces of the Ethiopian emperor, Menelik II, in the Battle of Adowa (Adwa) on March 1, 1896. It was the most severe defeat inflicted by what were termed "uncivilized" troops on a European power in the 19th century. This defeat led to the Italian recognition of full Ethiopian sovereignty and independence. Baratieri was recalled and later tried by court-martial, charged with having attacked the Abyssinians in a criminally rash manner. After a long trial he was acquitted. He was also a deputy of the Italian legislature in 1876-95.
Barazi, Muhsin al- (b. 1904 - d. [executed] Aug. 14, 1949), foreign minister (1948, 1949) and prime minister (1949) of Syria.
Barba González, Silvano (b. Nov. 29, 1895, Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco, Mexico - d. Dec. 14, 1967, Mexico City), interim governor (1926-27) and governor (1939-43) of Jalisco.
Barbalho, Jáder Fontenelle (b. Oct. 27, 1944, Belém, Pará, Brazil), governor of Pará (1983-87, 1991-94). He was president of the federal Senate in 2001.
Barbaneagra, Alexei (b. Dec. 3, 1945), justice minister of Moldova (1990-94).
Barbara, Agatha (b. March 11, 1923, Zabbar, Malta - d. Feb. 4, 2002, Zabbar), president of Malta (1982-87). She began her career as a school teacher with Malta's education department. She was elected to parliament in 1947 on the Labour Party ticket, becoming Malta's first woman lawmaker. She was returned to office in each subsequent general election until 1981. In 1955, she was named minister of education. One of her lasting contributions to Malta was her campaign to introduce full-time education for children, who up until then had only gone to school a few hours a day. The campaign required hundreds of teachers to be hired and trained. In 1958, after the Labour Party resigned from office, Barbara was sentenced to 43 days in prison after playing an active role in a national strike called by Labour to protest the British government's plan to reduce its presence in Malta. In another first for a Maltese woman, she was nominated president of the republic in 1982.
Barber, Anthony (Perrinott Lysberg) Barber, Baron (b. July 4, 1920, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England - d. Dec. 16, 2005, Suffolk, England), British politician. He was chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1970) and chancellor of the exchequer (1970-74) and was created a life peer in 1975.
Barber, Hilia (Garez Gomes Lima) (b. April 21, 1944, Bissau, Portuguese Guinea [now Guinea-Bissau]), foreign minister of Guinea-Bissau (1999). She has been ambassador to Israel (1996-99) and France and the Vatican (2011- ).
Barberot, Roger (René Albert) (b. Jan. 20, 1915, Cherbourg, France - d. Nov. 14, 2002, Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France), administrator-superior of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (1973-79). He was also French ambassador to the Central African Republic (1960-65) and Uruguay (1965-68).
Barbie, Klaus, byname Butcher of Lyon, French Boucher de Lyon (b. Oct. 25, 1913, Bad Godesberg [now part of Bonn], Germany - d. Sept. 25, 1991, Lyon, France), German Nazi leader. He joined the Hitler Youth in 1931 and became an aide to a local Nazi chief; he joined the SD, a special branch of the SS, in 1935 and was assigned to Berlin. After German forces overran western Europe in World War II, he served in the Netherlands (1940), at the Russian front (1941-42), and then was made chief of Gestapo Department IV in Lyon. In this position he became especially active against French partisans, promoting the torture and execution of thousands of prisoners. Among the more specific charges against him were that he ordered the death of Resistance leader Jean Moulin (1943) and the deportation (April 1944) of 44 Jewish children (aged 3-13) and their five teachers, all of whom later were delivered to the Auschwitz extermination camp. In August 1944, as Lyon was about to be liberated, he sent his infamous "last convoy" of 650 prisoners to Auschwitz. He himself slipped back to Germany. After the war he was seized by U.S. authorities, who recruited him in 1947 for counterintelligence work and in March 1951, as the French began to close in on Barbie to bring him to trial for war crimes, spirited him out of Germany to Bolivia. He lived there as a businessman under the name Klaus Altmann from 1951 to 1983. He was tracked down in Bolivia in 1972 and after long negotiations, the Bolivian government extradited him to France in February 1983 to stand trial. In May 1987 Barbie, who remained unrepentant, went on trial in Lyon for 177 counts of "crimes against humanity." On July 4 he was convicted on all charges with no extenuating circumstances and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Barbier, Georges (Charles Paul) (b. Aug. 31, 1890, Paris - d. 1956), resident of Wallis and Futuna (1924-28).
Barbosa, Luis Proto (b. Jan. 11, 1927 - d. Oct. 6, 2011, Margao, Goa, India), chief minister of Goa (1990).
Barbosa (Carneiro), Raul (b. Aug. 19, 1911, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil - d. Aug. 16, 1975, Washington, D.C.), governor of Ceará (1951-54).
Barbosa de Magalhães, José Maria de Vilhena (b. Oct. 31, 1879, Aveiro, Aveiro district, Portugal - d. April 5, 1959), foreign minister of Portugal (1922). He was also justice minister (1914-15) and education minister (1917).
Barbot, Ivan (b. Jan. 5, 1937, Ploeuc-sur-Lié, Côtes-du-Nord [now Côtes-d'Armor], France), president of the International Criminal Police Organization (1988-92).
Barbour, Haley (Reeves) (b. Oct. 22, 1947, Yazoo City, Miss.), U.S. politician; chairman of the Republican National Committee (1993-97) and governor of Mississippi (2004-12).
Barbour, James (b. June 10, 1775, near Gordonsville, Virginia - d. June 7, 1842, Barboursville, Va.), governor of Virginia (1812-14) and U.S. secretary of war (1825-28). He was also minister to the United Kingdom (1828-29).
Barboza, Mário Gibson (Alves) (b. March 13, 1918, Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil - d. Nov. 26, 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), foreign minister of Brazil (1969-74). He was also ambassador to Austria (1962-66), Paraguay (1966-67), the United States (1969), Greece (1974-77), Italy (1977-82), and the United Kingdom (1982-86).
Barclay, Arthur (b. July 31, 1854, Bridgetown, Barbados - d. July 10, 1938, Monrovia, Liberia), president of Liberia (1904-12).
Barclay, Edwin J(ames) (b. Jan. 5, 1882, Brewerville, Montserrado county, Liberia - d. Nov. 6, 1955), secretary of state (1920-30) and president (1930-44) of Liberia; nephew of Arthur Barclay.
Barco (Isakson), (María) Carolina (b. 1950, Boston, Mass.), foreign minister of Colombia (2002-06); daughter of Virgilio Barco Vargas. In 2006-10 she was ambassador to the U.S.
Barco Vargas, Virgilio (b. Sept. 17, 1921, Cúcuta, Norte de Santander department, Colombia - d. May 20, 1997, Bogotá), president of Colombia (1986-90). His political career began in 1943 when he became a Liberal councillor in the town of Durania, and he later was elected to the lower house of Congress. During a volatile period in the late 1940s and early 1950s, known as La Violencia, in which the Liberal and Conservative factions waged a brutal war against one another and in which hundreds of thousands of people died, Barco was forced into exile in the U.S. He returned to Colombia in 1954 and helped arrange the interparty peace that laid the groundwork for a stable democracy. Over the next 40 years, he served two terms in the Senate (1958-66), was ambassador to Britain (1961-62, 1990-92) and the United States (1977), mayor of Bogotá (1966-69), and a director of the World Bank (1969-74). His career peaked in 1986, when he won the presidential election with more than 58% of the votes, one of the largest margins in the country's history. From the beginning, his administration was characterized by a sense of drift, arising largely from the low profile that he adopted and the introduction of single-party government, bringing to an end almost three decades of power sharing between the Liberals and Conservatives. His term began with a plan to attack absolute poverty, which he saw as the root cause of the violence pervading the country. Events forced him to resume the dialogue with the leftist guerrillas begun by his predecessor and to concentrate his fire against the drug mafia. His efforts escalated the violence of the "narcoterrorists," and while the international community lauded his actions, he was denounced in Colombia. He retired from political life in 1992.
Barde, (Alhaji) Abubakar (b. 1938, Jalingo [now in Taraba state], Nigeria - d. June 17, 2002, Abuja, Nigeria), governor of Adamawa (1979-83).
Bardoux, Agénor (b. Jan. 15, 1829, Bourges, Cher, France - d. Nov. 23, 1897, Paris, France), mayor of Clermont-Ferrand (1870-71) and French minister of public instruction, fine arts, and worship (1877-79).
Bareiro (Caballero), Cándido (Pastor) (b. Oct. 27, 1833, Luque, Paraguay - d. Sept. 4, 1880, Asunción, Paraguay), foreign minister (1874) and president (1878-80) of Paraguay. He was also chargé d'affaires in the United Kingdom and France (1864-67) and minister to the U.K. (1875-76).
Bargalló Valls, Josep (b. Oct. 3, 1958, Torredembarra, Tarragona province, Catalonia, Spain), chief councillor of Catalonia (2004-06).
Barge, Charles Augustinus Henry (b. Nov. 2, 1844, Amsterdam - d. Sept. 25, 1919, Voorburg, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands), governor of Curaçao (1890-1901).
Bargues, Robert (Isaac) (b. Oct. 21, 1910, Bordeaux, Gironde, France - d. Jan. 29, 1989, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France), high commissioner of Madagascar (1950-54).
Barinov, Aleksey (Viktorovich) (b. Dec. 30, 1951, Tashabar, Tadzhik S.S.R.), governor of Nenets autonomous okrug (2005-06). Arrested on May 23, 2006, in connection with a criminal case allegedly involving extortion and embezzlement, he was suspended on June 2 and sacked on July 21.
Barka, James (Shaibu) (b. 1961, Kala'a [now in Adamawa state], Nigeria), acting governor of Adamawa (2008).
Barkauskas, Antanas (Stasevich) (b. Jan. 20 [Jan. 7, O.S.], 1917, Kaunas region, Russia [now in Lithuania] - d. Oct. 17, 2008, Vilnius, Lithuania), chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian S.S.R. (1975-85).
Barkley, Alben W(illiam) (b. Nov. 24, 1877, on a farm in Graves county, Ky. - d. April 30, 1956, Lexington, Va.), vice president of the United States (1949-53). An early participant in Democratic politics, he was elected in 1912 to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving seven successive terms (1913-27). In 1926 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, in which he served until 1949. Increasing senatorial seniority enhanced his influence on the committees on foreign affairs and finance. He was a leading spokesman for the domestic and international policies of the administration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. An able parliamentary tactician, he served from 1937 to 1947 as Senate majority leader, shepherding numerous wartime and emergency acts through the Senate. In 1947 he became minority leader, after the Republicans gained control. Barkley was keynote speaker at the 1936 Democratic National Convention, permanent chairman of the 1940 convention, and delivered the speech nominating Roosevelt for a fourth term at the 1944 convention. At the 1948 convention in Philadelphia Barkley was keynote speaker again and there was nominated for the vice presidency, though only after William O. Douglas declined the position; Barkley had been passed over for the vice presidency in 1944 because of his age. He was elected with Pres. Harry S. Truman and at age 71 was the oldest person to take office as U.S. vice president. He served steadfastly, if unspectacularly, for the next four years. He was the first vice president to be called the "Veep," a word coined by his young grandson. He sought the presidential nomination in 1952 but withdrew when informed that many considered him too old for that office. He was reelected to the Senate in 1954.
Barman, Bhumidhar (b. Aug. 12, 1931, Belsor, Assam, India), chief minister of Assam (1996).
Barnala, Surjit Singh (b. Oct. 21, 1925, Atali village, Hohindergarh district, Punjab [now in Haryana], India), chief minister of Punjab (1985-87), governor of Tamil Nadu (1990-91, 2004-11), Uttaranchal (2000-03), and Andhra Pradesh (2003-04), and administrator of Puducherry (2009). He was also Indian minister of agriculture and irrigation (1977-79).
Barnes, Roy (Eugene) (b. March 11, 1948, Atlanta, Ga.), governor of Georgia (1999-2003). Elected to the state Senate in 1974, Barnes left in 1990 to challenge Zell Miller for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Out of politics for two years, he was elected to the state House in 1992. In 1998 Barnes, whose folksy manner and slow Southern drawl concealed an insider's knowledge of government, campaigned as the candidate best able to preserve the legacy of the popular, retiring Miller. And Miller bestowed his blessing. In beating Barnes eight years ago en route to his first term, Miller also gave Barnes an advanced degree in politics. "I learned," Barnes often said, "I went to 'Zell Miller University.'" Among other things, Barnes learned the lottery, which he opposed in 1990, had won wide acceptance with voters. A cornerstone of his campaign was protecting education programs funded by the lottery. Barnes defeated Republican Guy Millner, a businessman with no political experience, 53%-44%.
Barnes Jones, Deborah (Elizabeth Vavasseur), née Barnes (b. Oct. 6, 1956), governor of Montserrat (2004-07).
Barnett, Colin (James) (b. July 15, 1950, Nedlands, Western Australia), premier of Western Australia (2008- ). He was executive director of the W.A. Chamber of Commerce and Industry until 1990, when he was elected to the W.A. Legislative Assembly for Cottesloe. In the Liberal government of Richard Court from 1993 to 2001 he was minister for resources, development, and energy, and from 1995 also minister for education. After the Court government's defeat in 2001 he was elected leader of the Liberal Party but resigned after losing the 2005 election. He announced his retirement from politics in 2007, but was recalled to the Liberal leadership shortly before the 2008 election. Supported by the Nationals and independents, he was able to claim victory and replace the state's Labor government.
Barnhart, Gordon (Leslie) (b. Jan. 22, 1945, Saltcoats, near Yorkton, Sask.), lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan (2006-12).
Barnier, Michel (b. Jan. 9, 1951, La Tronche, Isère, France), foreign minister of France (2004-05). He was previously an EU commissioner (1999-2004). In 2007-09 he was agriculture minister and in 2010 he again became EU commissioner.
Baroche, Pierre Jules (b. Nov. 18, 1802, Paris, France - d. Oct. 29, 1870, Saint-Helier, Jersey), interior minister (1850-51), foreign minister (1851, 1860), minister president of the Council of State (1852-63), and justice minister (1863-69) of France.
Barocio Barrios, Enrique (b. April 25, 1891, Mexico City, Mexico - d. Feb. 28, 1985, Tijuana, Mexico), governor of Quintana Roo (1924-25).
Baron(-Royer), Francine (b. Roseau, Dominica), foreign minister of Dominica (2014- ); daughter of Frank Baron. She was also attorney general (2007-10) and high commissioner to the United Kingdom (2012-14).
Baron, Frank(lin Andrew Merrifield) (b. Jan. 19, 1923, Portsmouth, Dominica), chief minister and finance minister of Dominica (1960-61). He was also minister of trade and production (1956-60), non-resident ambassador to the United States and permanent representative to the United Nations (1982-86), and non-resident high commissioner to the United Kingdom (1986-92).
Barón Crespo, Enrique (b. March 27, 1944, Madrid, Spain), president of the European Parliament (1989-92). He was also Spanish minister of transport, tourism, and communications (1982-85).
Baroni, Danilo (Luis) (b. 1922, Santa Fe, Argentina - d. June 9, 2014), governor of Chaco (1987-91).
Baroudi (Pasha), Mahmoud Sami al-, Arabic Mahmud Sami al-Barudi Basha (b. 1838, Etai al-Baroud, al-Beheira governorate, Egypt - d. 1904), prime minister of Egypt (1882).
Barozai, Sardar Mohammad Khan (b. bf. 1924 - d. May 2, 2004, Sibi, Balochistan, Pakistan), chief minister of Balochistan (1976-77).
Barr, Andrew (b. 1973, Lismore, N.S.W.), chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (2014- ). He is the first openly gay head of government in Australia.
Barra (y Quijano), Francisco León de la (b. June 16, 1863, Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico - d. Sept. 23, 1939, Biarritz, France), foreign minister (1911, 1913) and interim president (1911) of Mexico and governor of México (1913). He was also minister to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay (1902-04), the Netherlands and Belgium (1905-08), and France (1913-14) and ambassador to the United States (1909-11).
Barra, Rodolfo (Carlos), justice minister of Argentina (1994-96).
Barre, Abdirahman Jama, Somali Cabdiraxmaan Jaamac Barre, Arabic `Abd ar-Rahman Jama` Barri (b. 1937), foreign minister (1977-87, 1989-90) and finance minister (1987-89) of Somalia; brother of Muhammad Siad Barre.
Barre, Muhammad Siad, Somali Maxamed Siyaad Barre, Arabic Muhammad Siyyad Barri (b. 1919?, Ganane, Italian Somalia - d. Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria), president of Somalia (1969-91). He belonged to the small Marehan clan of the Darod clan group in the south. He joined the Somali police force after the British took control in 1941 and rose to the post of chief inspector. When Somalia was returned to Italian sovereignty in 1950, Barre was sent to the military academy in Italy. He transferred to the Somali national army when it was formed (1960), and by 1966 he held the rank of major general and had become commander in chief. After taking state power in a bloodless military coup against the elected government in October 1969, Barre made himself head of a Supreme Revolutionary Council and imposed autocratic rule through a personality cult and the harsh enforcement of an official ideology called "Scientific Socialism." He strengthened relations with the Soviet Union, officially outlawed clan loyalties (while using clan elders to establish order in rural areas), and promoted literacy with a newly introduced Roman alphabet. He later renounced his ties with the Soviets and sought U.S. aid, but allegations of human rights abuses hurt his international standing. He was OAU chairman in 1974-75. By 1990 fighting among clans and between clan militias and the government forced Barre to promise reforms, including free elections. He was forced out of office in January 1991 and in 1992 went into exile in Nigeria.
Barre, Raymond (Octave Joseph) (b. April 12, 1924, Saint-Denis, Réunion - d. Aug. 25, 2007, Paris, France), prime minister of France (1976-81). He was also vice president of the European Commission (1967-73), minister of external commerce (1976) and economy and finance (1976-78), and mayor of Lyon (1995-2001).
Barreda Fontes, José María (b. Feb. 4, 1953, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), president of the Junta of Castilla-La Mancha (2004-11).
Barrera Valverde, Alfonso (b. March 29, 1929, Ambato, Ecuador - d. Sept. 6, 2013), foreign minister of Ecuador (1980-81). He was ambassador to Argentina (1970-75) and Spain (1976-80).
Barreto (León), Anselmo (V.) (b. Oct. 17, 1865, Lima, Peru - d. Dec. 24, 1950, Lima), acting foreign minister of Peru (1901). He was also minister of justice, education, and worship (1901), president of the Supreme Court (1918-19), and minister to Spain (1920-22).
Barreto, Honório (Pereira) (b. April 24, 1813, Cacheu [now in Guinea-Bissau] - d. April 26, 1859, Bissau [now in Guinea-Bissau]), captain-major of Bissau (1836-39, 1840-41, 1855-58, 1858-59) and Cacheu (1846-47, 1852).
Barrett, David (b. Oct. 2, 1930, East Vancouver, B.C.), premier of British Columbia (1972-75). Fired from his job at a B.C. prison for being "too political," Barrett joined the leftist Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (later renamed New Democratic Party) and won a seat in the provincial legislature from the Dewdney riding in 1960. Following the resignation of NDP leader Robert Strachan (1969), Barrett ran for the NDP leadership, and narrowly lost to fellow MLA Tom Berger. Later that year, however, Berger lost his own seat in an election. Barrett became interim party leader and was confirmed as leader at the annual NDP convention in 1970. In the 1972 election, he ran a fresh, energetic campaign, contrasting greatly with the negative mudslinging of the Social Credit Party. He was easily elected premier, thus ending 20 years of Socred rule in the province. Determined to be an activist premier while he had the chance, he introduced a spate of legislation, including an increase to the minimum wage, new labour laws, a freeze on development of agricultural land, the creation of B.C. Petroleum and the Insurance Corporation of B.C., and a controversial royalty on mineral production. In 1975 he broke with NDP tradition by imposing back-to-work legislation to end labour strife. Many observers believed Barrett to have tried to do too much in too short a time. He was defeated by a revitalized Social Credit Party in the December 1975 election. He lost his own seat but won a by-election in June 1976 and took the role of opposition leader against Premier Bill Bennett until 1984. He ran successfully for the federal NDP in Esquimalt in 1988. In 1989 he ran for the national party leadership, narrowly losing to Audrey McLaughlin. When he lost his seat in 1993 he retired from politics.
Barrett, Sean, Irish Seán Ó Bairéad (b. Aug. 9, 1944, Dublin, Ireland), defense and marine minister of Ireland (1995-97).
Barrett, Tia, byname of Te Rongotoa Barrett (b. July 24, 1947, Wellington, New Zealand - d. Nov. 15, 2009, Auckland, New Zealand), high commissioner of the Cook Islands (2009). He was also New Zealand's high commissioner to the Solomon Islands (1992-95) and Fiji (1998-2001).
Barrientos Ortuño, René (b. May 30, 1919, Tarata, Bolivia - d. [helicopter crash] April 27, 1969, near Arque village, Bolivia), vice president (1964) and president (1966-69) of Bolivia.
Barrillot, Georges (Jules Eugène) (b. April 14, 1892 - d. ...), administrator of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (1933-36).
Barrio Terrazas, Francisco (Javier) (b. Nov. 25, 1950, Satevó, Chihuahua, Mexico), governor of Chihuahua (1992-98). He was also mayor of Ciudad Juárez (1983-86) and Mexican ambassador to Canada (2009-13).
Barrionuevo, Walter (Basilio) (b. Feb. 29, 1954, Santiago del Estero province, Argentina), governor of Jujuy (2007-11).
Barrios (Bustillos), Gonzalo (b. Jan. 10, 1902, Acarigua, Portuguesa state, Venezuela - d. May 30, 1993, Caracas, Venezuela), foreign minister (1947-48) and interior minister (1964-66) of Venezuela. He was a presidential candidate in 1968.
Barrios (Auyón), Justo Rufino (b. July 19, 1835, San Lorenzo, Guatemala - d. [killed in battle] April 2, 1885, Chalchuapa, El Salvador), president of Guatemala (1873-85).
Barrios Arrechea, Ricardo (Alfredo) (b. July 3, 1934, Posadas, Argentina), governor of Misiones (1983-87) and public health minister of Argentina (1987-89).
Barrios de Chamorro, Violeta: see Chamorro, Violeta Barrios de.
Barron, William W(allace) (b. Dec. 8, 1911, Elkins, W.Va. - d. Nov. 12, 2002, Charlotte, N.C.), governor of West Virginia (1961-65). He was elected attorney general of West Virginia in 1956 and was 49 when he was elected the state's 26th governor in 1960. He served at a time when the West Virginia constitution limited governors to a single four-year term. Barron pleaded guilty in 1971 to paying a $25,000 bribe to a federal jury foreman during his 1968 trial on corruption charges. Barron was acquitted of the charges, which stemmed from an investigation into his administration's bribes-for-contracts scheme. He also was indicted in 1970 on state charges involving activities on behalf of a law client after he left office. He was among 32 individuals and 11 companies indicted by a Kanawha County, W.Va., grand jury. West Virginia Supreme Court decisions later that year nullified the use of the state's bribery law in most of the cases. As a result, most of the state indictments, including the one against Barron, were dismissed. Barron served three years and four months of a 12-year sentence on the bribery conviction at the federal minimum-security prison at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Barron's public career also included serving as the mayor of Elkins, a two-term member of the House of Delegates, and chairman of the state Liquor Control Commission from 1953 to 1955.
Barros, Cássio Leite de (b. 1926? - d. March 21, 2004, Cuiabá, Brazil), governor of Mato Grosso (1978-79).
Barros, Pedro Correia de (b. June 20, 1911, Loulé, Portugal - d. Feb. 2, 1968, Lisbon, Portugal), governor of Macau (1957-58) and governor-general of Mozambique (1958-61).
Barros, Rui Duarte de, finance minister (2001-02) and transitional prime minister (2012-14) of Guinea-Bissau.
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Barroso, José Manuel Durão (b. March 23, 1956, Lisbon), foreign minister (1992-95) and prime minister (2002-04) of Portugal and president of the European Commission (2004-14). He was president of the Social Democratic Party in 1999-2004.
Barrot, (Camille Hyacinthe) Odilon (b. July 19, 1791, Villefort, Lozère, France - d. Aug. 6, 1873, Bougival, Yvelines, France), French politician. He began his career in 1814 as a barrister in the Court of Cassation. His dissatisfaction with the government of the Bourbon Restoration was shown in his conduct of some political trials, and he was elected president of the society Aide-toi, le ciel t'aidera ("Heaven helps those who help themselves"), an organization formed to aid liberal candidates for election to the Chamber of Deputies. He was a very active member of the party which brought about the revolution of July 1830 and was one of the three commissioners appointed by the Provisional Government to intimate that the crown jewels would be restored to the royal family on condition that they would depart immediately for Cherbourg. The proposition was accepted, and Barrot accompanied Charles X to the point of embarkation, being, on his return to Paris, nominated prefect of the Seine. Under the new king Louis-Philippe, Barrot was the first to declare against a reactionary policy. As deputy from Eure, he was an active member of the opposition in the Chamber of Deputies. During 1846-47 he was one of the managers of the "banquets" campaign, which attempted to pressure the government into extending the franchise. The reforms did not come, but a republican revolution did. After the flight of Louis-Philippe in 1848, Barrot joined the moderate Republicans. He headed the first ministry called by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (December 1848) and also became minister of justice. Dismissed from the government in October 1849, he was imprisoned briefly after the coup d'état of Dec. 2, 1851, and then retired to private life. In 1871 he became vice president of the new Council of State.
Barrow, Dean (Oliver) (b. March 2, 1951, Belize, British Honduras [now Belize]), foreign minister (1985-89, 1993-98) and prime minister and finance minister (2008- ) of Belize.
Barrow, Errol (Walton) (b. Jan. 21, 1920, St. Lucy, Barbados - d. June 1, 1987, Bridgetown, Barbados), prime minister (1966-76, 1986-87) and foreign minister (1966-71) of Barbados; brother of Nita Barrow. He served in the Royal Air Force (1940-47) and piloted more than 50 missions over Western Europe. In 1951 he entered politics and was elected to Parliament as a member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). He became disillusioned with the party's conservatism and in 1955 helped found the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), becoming its chairman (1958-76). He served three terms as premier and prime minister between 1961 and 1976, taking Barbados into independence in 1966. He pursued a policy of agricultural diversification, encouraged tourism, and worked to establish a racially integrated society. He lost popularity as a result of the deterioration in the economy that followed the oil price rise of the early 1970s. Barrow's moves to increase the government's influence on judicial appointments also proved damaging, and the BLP won 17 out of 24 seats in the 1976 election. A sweeping election victory for the DLP returned Barrow to power as prime minister on May 28, 1986. An energetic advocate of regional integration, Barrow was influential in the foundation of the Caribbean Free Trade Association, which later became the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom). He opposed U.S. intervention in Caribbean affairs, notably the invasion of Grenada in 1983. Following his election in 1986 he made efforts to resolve difficulties within Caricom, notably those with Trinidad and Tobago. Together with Prime Minister James Mitchell of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he strongly opposed upgrading of the Regional Security System, particularly by means of a formal treaty.
Barrow, Dame (Ruth) Nita (b. Nov. 15, 1916, St. Lucy, Barbados - d. Dec. 19, 1995, Bridgetown, Barbados), governor-general of Barbados (1990-95); sister of Errol Barrow. Born into a family of civic activists, she was motivated by the humanitarian values of her father and uncle. She chose nursing as a profession and rose to become principal nursing officer for Jamaica (1956-63), and then rapidly gained international stature as nursing adviser to the Pan American Health Organization (1964-71), medical commissioner (1971-80) and North American president (1983-91) of the World Council of Churches, president of the World YWCA (1975-83), health consultant to the WHO (1981-86), president of the International Council for Adult Education (1982-90), and Barbadian ambassador to the UN (1986-90). Barrow presided at the 1985 international women's conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and was the only woman named to the Eminent Persons Group set up to investigate racism in South Africa in 1986. In 1987 she was awarded the CARICOM Women's Award for her personal accomplishments and the stature she brought to women of the Caribbean. In 1988 she lost a bid for the presidency of the UN General Assembly. Barrow was made Dame of the Order of St. Andrew in 1980 and G.C.M.G. in 1990. She capped her long and distinguished career by becoming the first woman governor-general of Barbados.
Barry, Marion (Shepilov, Jr.) (b. March 6, 1936, Itta Bena, Miss. - d. Nov. 23, 2014, Washington, D.C.), mayor of Washington, D.C. (1979-91, 1995-99). Born without a middle name, he became such an active and loud supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s that his fraternity brothers began calling him "Shep," after Dmitry Shepilov (Soviet foreign minister 1956-57), and he adopted the surname as his middle name. He won a seat on the Washington City Council in 1974 and four years later was elected mayor. His Jan. 19, 1990, videotaped arrest by FBI agents in a downtown hotel during his third term led to a six-month jail sentence on a misdemeanour drug charge. He came back from that to make a successful run for the council before winning a fourth term as mayor in 1994. The trend toward greater autonomy for the district was reversed in the 1990s as the city slipped toward financial collapse, with Congress creating a control board in 1995 to oversee city finances and stripping Barry of all except ceremonial duties. Nevertheless he claimed credit for planting the seeds of economic recovery in the city. He also took credit for finding the managers who would help guide the city once he departed. They include Anthony Williams, the city's former chief financial officer. It was Barry who persuaded Williams to leave his post as an executive with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to run the city's finances. When Barry announced in May 1998 that he would not seek a fifth term, Williams resigned to run for mayor. Barry acknowledged that several of his former associates faced legal problems and prosecution on charges including official misconduct, theft, and bribery. "About a half dozen" workers out of roughly 40,000 city employees, Barry said. "I think that's a record you ought to look at as positive."
Barry, Peter, Irish Peadar de Barra (b. Aug. 10, 1928, Cork, Ireland), foreign minister of Ireland (1982-87). He was also minister of transport and power (1973-76), education (1976-77), and environment (1981-82).
Barry, William T(aylor) (b. Feb. 5, 1784, Lunenburg county, Va. - d. Aug. 30, 1835, Liverpool, England), U.S. postmaster general (1829-35). He was appointed minister to Spain in 1835 but died on his journey there.
Barter, Sir Peter (Leslie Charles) (b. March 26, 1940, Sydney, Australia), governor of Madang (1995-97, 2002) and caretaker governor of Southern Highlands (2002-03); knighted 2001.
Barthou, (Jean) Louis (b. Aug. 25, 1862, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Basses-Pyrénées [now Pyrénées-Atlantiques], France - d. Oct. 9, 1934, Marseille), prime minister of France (1913). First elected a deputy in 1889 for the département of Basses-Pyrénées, he first entered the government in 1894 as minister of public works in the cabinet of Charles Dupuy. In 1896-98, he was minister of the interior under Jules Méline. He again became minister of public works in the cabinet of Jean Marie Ferdinand Sarrien of 1906, and continued in the post under Georges Clemenceau until 1909. Then for eighteen months he was minister of justice under Aristide Briand. Other ministerial appointments followed, and in March 1913 Pres. Raymond Poincaré called on him to form a government. As premier, he forced through the unpopular measure of increasing the term of compulsory military service from two to three years (July 19, 1913); it resulted in a reaction, and he was defeated on a financial question in December. But when World War I broke out soon afterward, he was frequently credited with having saved France. During the war itself he was minister without portfolio in the cabinet of Paul Painlevé, but he played no very prominent part until after the armistice and the peace conference. In 1922 he represented France at the Genoa conference, entered the Senate, and became chairman of the Reparations Commission. In July 1926 he became minister of justice under Poincaré. In 1930 Barthou was again invited to form a government, but failed. He was named foreign minister in the coalition ministry of Gaston Doumergue (February 1934) but eight months later was assassinated with King Aleksandar of Yugoslavia during the latter's visit to France.
Bartleman, James K(arl) (b. Dec. 24, 1939, Orillia, Ont.), lieutenant governor of Ontario (2002-07).
Bartlett, Alex (b. Sept. 13, 1952), foreign minister of the Solomon Islands (2001-02). He later served as minister of tourism (2002-04) and minister of agriculture and livestock (June-September 2004). He was arrested on Sept. 2, 2004. He has been charged with demanding money with menace, false pretenses, inciting others to commit arson, and arson, offenses alleged to have occurred in 2000 during a time of ethnic tensions in the Solomon Islands. Before entering the government, he was a leader of the Malaita Eagle Force which was involved in fighting with a rival militant group. As foreign minister, he was reportedly banned in March 2002 from travelling across U.S. territory. He was granted bail for health reasons in February 2006. He was arrested again on May 12 on rioting and arson charges, being accused of instructing the burning down of a Chinatown building and inciting looters during the April 18 rioting in Honiara; he was released on bail on May 19. Additional charges of conspiracy were dropped in July 2007.
Bartlett, David (John) (b. Jan. 19, 1968, Hobart, Tasmania), premier of Tasmania (2008-11).
Bartlett, Dewey (Follett) (b. March 28, 1919, Marietta, Ohio - d. March 1, 1979, Tulsa, Okla.), governor of Oklahoma (1967-71).
Bartlett, Dewey (Follett), Jr. (b. March 16, 1947, Tulsa, Okla.), mayor of Tulsa (2009- ); son of Dewey Bartlett.
Bartlett Díaz, Manuel (b. Feb. 23, 1936, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico), interior minister of Mexico (1982-88) and governor of Puebla (1993-99). He was also education minister (1988-92).
Bartolini, Gianfranco (b. Jan. 17, 1927, Fiesole, near Florence, Italy - d. Oct. 10, 1992), president of Toscana (1983-90).
Barton, Sir Edmund (b. Jan. 18, 1849, Sydney, New South Wales [now in Australia] - d. Jan. 7, 1920, Medlow, N.S.W., Australia), prime minister of Australia (1901-03). Defeated for the University of Sydney seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1876 and again in 1877, he was eventually successful in 1879. From then he held alternately seats in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, serving as speaker of the Assembly (1883-87) and as attorney general (1889, 1891-93). In 1891 he assumed leadership of the federation movement and, in the federal convention of that year, helped shape the draft that became the foundation for the eventual commonwealth constitution. The constitution bill passed the New South Wales Assembly in 1893, and for the next four years he campaigned vigorously for its approval by the public. He led the federal convention of 1897-98 that drafted the final commonwealth constitution bill. He went to England in 1900 to guide the new constitution through Parliament, and he returned to Australia to become the new federation's first prime minister and minister for external affairs. Having twice refused a knighthood, Barton finally accepted a G.C.M.G. in 1902. Never thoroughly at home in the partisan atmosphere of the new Australian Parliament, he resigned in 1903 to become a senior judge on the High Court of Australia, a post he held until his death.
Barton, Francis Rickman (b. Jan. 4, 1865 - d. Oct. 4, 1947), administrator of Papua (1904-07) and first minister of Zanzibar (1908-13).
Barton, John J. (b. June 23, 1906, Indianapolis, Ind. - d. May 4, 2004), mayor of Indianapolis (1964-68). He served in the Navy during World War II and went on to serve as superintendent of the Indiana State Police. A Democrat, he was elected mayor in 1963 and then lost in 1967 to Republican Richard Lugar. During his term as mayor, he started the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, a group of local leaders that helped start many revitalization projects over the years. Barton's administration also laid the groundwork for the Indiana Convention Center and Eagle Creek Park and reservoir. Construction of the Indiana National Bank tower, one of the city's first skyscrapers, was started during his term. After losing to Lugar, he served 21 years on the Indiana Parole Board, retiring in 1989.
Bartoszewski, Wladyslaw (b. Feb. 19, 1922, Warsaw, Poland - d. April 24, 2015, Warsaw), foreign minister of Poland (1995, 2000-01). He was also ambassador to Austria (1990-95).
Bartumeu Cassany, Jaume (b. Nov. 10, 1954, Andorra la Vella, Andorra), finance minister (1990-92) and head of government (2009-11) of Andorra.
Barulli, Libero (b. Sept. 30, 1947, San Marino), captain-regent of San Marino (1982-83).
Barwani, Sheikh Ali Muhsin al- (b. Jan. 13, 1919, Zanzibar - d. March 20, 2006), foreign minister of Zanzibar (1963-64).
Barwick, Sir Garfield (Edward John) (b. June 22, 1903, Sydney - d. July 13, 1997), Australian politician. He was highly regarded for his service to the Australian government as attorney general (1958-64), foreign minister (1961-64), and chief justice of the High Court (1964-81) but his reputation was clouded by the controversy that ensued when his advice led the governor-general to dismiss the Labor government of Gough Whitlam in 1975. He was knighted in 1953 and again (G.C.M.G.) in 1965.
Barzani, Massoud (b. Aug. 16, 1946, Mahabad, Iran), president of the Kurdish Democratic Party (1979- ) and president of the Kurdistan autonomous region (2005- ); son of Mustafa Barzani; nephew of Hoshyar Zebari. He was a member of the 2003-04 Iraqi Governing Council established under U.S. occupation and was its president in April 2004.
Barzani, (Mullah) Mustafa (b. March 14, 1903, Barzan, Ottoman Empire [now in Iraqi Kurdistan] - d. March 1, 1979, Washington, D.C.), Kurdish nationalist leader. He succeeded his elder brother, Sheikh Ahmed, who led the Kurdish national struggle from World War I until the late 1930s. Barzani headed the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) formed in 1945 and becomes army commander of the short-lived Kurdish Mahabad Republic established with Soviet aid in northwestern Iran in 1946. After the Soviet forces withdrew, the republic collapsed, and Barzani took refuge in Soviet Azerbaijan, where he remained until he was allowed to return to Iraq by Abdul Karim Kassem's regime. Kassem's proposal for an autonomous Kurdish area in northern Iraq was judged unsatisfactory by Barzani, and in 1960 he escaped to the mountains and started a guerrilla war against the Iraqi forces. After ten years of intermittent fighting, a 15-point ceasefire agreement was concluded on March 11, 1970, between Barzani and Pres. Ahmad Hassan al-Bakr of Iraq. A general amnesty for the insurgent Kurds was proclaimed, but it was not until March 11, 1974, that a law defining the Kurdish autonomous region was promulgated. Barzani found this unacceptable and ordered his Peshmerga ("forward to death") forces to resume fighting. This time, however, Barzani had considerable support from Iran. When Iraq renounced its territorial claims against Iran on March 6, 1975, the shah stopped all military aid to the Kurds. Barzani took up residence in Tehran but requested political asylum in the U.S., where he died.
Barzani, Nechirvan (Idris) (b. Sept. 21, 1966, Barzan, Iraqi Kurdistan), deputy prime minister (1996-99) and prime minister (1999-2005) of the Kurdish Democratic Party government of Iraqi Kurdistan and prime minister of the Kurdistan autonomous region (2005-09, 2012- ); grandson of Mustafa Barzani; nephew of Massoud Barzani.
Barzel, Rainer (Candidus) (b. June 20, 1924, Braunsberg, East Prussia, Germany [now Braniewo, Poland] - d. Aug. 26, 2006, Munich, Germany), German politician. He was first elected to the Bundestag in 1957, after serving as an advisor and speechwriter for Karl Arnold, the minister-president of Nordrhein-Westfalen. In 1962-63 he was minister of all-German affairs. He then served as chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1971 to 1973 and ran as the CDU's candidate for chancellor in the 1972 federal elections, losing to Willy Brandt's Social Democratic Party. The 1972 election is commonly regarded as an indirect referendum on Chancellor Brandt's Ostpolitik, the more open policy toward the eastern bloc, which called for normalized relations with East Germany and the U.S.S.R. Barzel was vehemently opposed to it, fearing that it might cement the permanent division of Germany. In May 1972, an attempt by Barzel to call a motion of no confidence against Brandt's government failed by two votes. It emerged after German reunification that some members of parliament had been paid off by the East German secret police, the Stasi, likely leading to the failure. Had the motion succeeded, Barzel would have become chancellor. He served as minister of intra-German relations (1982-83) in Helmut Kohl's cabinet, and as president of the Bundestag (1983-84). He resigned from the latter post after being accused of entanglement in a financial scandal known as the Flick affair. He remained a member of the Bundestag until 1987.
Basanov, Vladimir (Mantsinovich) (b. Nov. 26, 1948), chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Kalmykia (1990-92).
Basargin, Viktor (Fyodorovich) (b. Aug. 3, 1957, Asbest, Sverdlovsk oblast, Russian S.F.S.R.), governor of Perm kray (2012- ). He was Russian minister of regional development in 2008-12.
Basayev, Shamil (Salmanovich), also known as Abdullah Shamil Abu Idris (b. Jan. 14, 1965, Vedeno village, Chechen-Ingush A.S.S.R., Russian S.F.S.R. [now in Chechnya, Russia] - d. July 10, 2006, near Ekazhevo, Ingushetia, Russia), prime minister of Chechnya (1998, 2006). When the first Chechen war broke out in December 1994, he organized Grozny's defenses and emerged as the resistance's most capable commander. In January 1997 he lost a bid for the Chechen presidency, capturing 23.5% of the vote. The head of the radical wing of the Chechen separatists, he led the 1999 incursion into Dagestan which led to the second Chechen war. Shortly after the hostage-taking raid on Moscow's Dubrovka theater in October 2002, for which Basayev claimed responsibility, Pres. Aslan Maskhadov removed him from all posts in the rebel political hierarchy, saying his methods were too extreme. He claimed responsibility for numerous suicide bombings in 2003-04, for the assassination of the Moscow-supported president of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov, in May 2004, for the hostage drama in a school in Beslan, North Ossetia-Alania, in September 2004 in which over 300 people, many of them children, were killed after Russian forces stormed the building, and for the October 2005 attack in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkariya, that left over 130 dead. Russia has put a $10.3 million bounty on his head. In August 2005 he was named first deputy prime minister and put in charge of the armed forces by Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev, who succeeded as president when Maskhadov was killed. In June 2006 Sadulayev in turn was killed, and his successor Doku Umarov named Basayev as vice president and government chairman. The following month Basayev himself was killed in the explosion of a truck filled with explosives; the rebels called it an accident.
Basdeo, Sahadeo (b. Sept. 10, 1945, Rousillac, Trinidad and Tobago), foreign minister of Trinidad and Tobago (1988-91).
Baselios Augen I, original family name Chettakulathukara (b. July 26, 1884, Vengola village, Ernakulam district [now in Kerala], India - d. Dec. 8, 1975), Catholicos of the East (head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church) (1964-75).
Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, original family name Vattakunnel, name as bishop Athanasios Mathews (b. March 27, 1907, Kottayam, Travancore [now in Kerala], India - d. Nov. 8, 1996), Catholicos of the East (head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church) (1975-91).
Baselios Marthoma Mathews II (b. Jan. 30, 1915, Perinad, Kollam district, Travancore [now in Kerala], India - d. Jan. 26, 2006, Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala, India), Catholicos of the East (head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church) (1991-2005).
Basescu, Traian (Dumitru) (b. Nov. 4, 1951, Basarabi [now Murfatlar], Constanta county, Romania), president of Romania (2004-14). He entered politics after the 1989 revolution which ousted the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He was transport minister in 1991-92 and was elected to parliament for the National Salvation Front in 1992. Following the 1992 split in the NSF, he followed Petre Roman into the Democratic Party, and, in 1996, he coordinated Roman's unsuccessful presidential campaign. In 1996-2000 he was again transportation minister. In June 2000, he became mayor of Bucharest after defeating the candidate of the ruling Social Democratic Party. Having turned against Roman, he replaced him as president of the Democratic Party in 2001. He became co-chairman of the Justice and Truth alliance formed in 2003 between his party and the National Liberal Party. In June 2004 he was reelected mayor in a decisive first-round victory over Social Democratic candidate Mircea Geoana. In October 2004, he was nominated as presidential candidate of the Justice and Truth alliance, after Theodor Stolojan withdrew. Basescu, campaigning on an anti-corruption ticket, came second to Prime Minister Adrian Nastase in the first round of the presidential election in November, but edged him out in the runoff in December. As president, he was credited with helping to implement reforms which helped Romania join the EU on Jan. 1, 2007. However, he came to be at odds not only with the left-wing opposition but with Liberal prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. Lawmakers accused him of 19 counts of constitutional abuses such as usurping the cabinet from the prime minister, criticizing judges, and ordering the tapping of minister's telephone calls. The Constitutional Court dismissed the accusations, but nevertheless in April 2007 parliament voted to suspend him. However, he remained the country's most popular politician and in the following referendum his removal from office was strongly rejected. He was narrowly reelected in 2009. In 2012 he was again suspended; this time voters overwhelmingly supported his removal, but the turnout was below the required minimum.
Basford, Stanley Ronald, byname Ron Basford (b. April 22, 1932, Fort Garry, Manitoba - d. Jan. 31, 2005, near Sechelt, B.C.), Canadian politician. He was elected in 1963 as the Liberal Member of Parliament in Vancouver Center, and reelected in the next four elections. A key western Canadian ally of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he was minister of consumer and corporate affairs (1968-72), minister of state for urban affairs (1972-74), minister of national revenue (1974-75), minister of justice and attorney general (1975-78), and acting solicitor general (1978). In his various cabinet positions, he oversaw a number of landmark legislative acts, including the introduction of the metric system and the abolishment of capital punishment. But in Vancouver, he was known as Mr. Granville Island, for being the prime instigator of the project to turn the rundown industrial area into an island for arts and culture.
Basha, Lulzim (Xhelal) (b. June 12, 1974, Tiranë, Albania), foreign minister (2007-09) and interior minister (2009-11) of Albania. In 2011 he became mayor of Tiranë.
Bashev, Ivan (Hristov) (b. Feb. 24 [Feb. 11, O.S.], 1916, Sofia, Bulgaria - d. Dec. 13, 1971, on Mount Vitosha, near Sofia), foreign minister of Bulgaria (1962-71). Bashev, who was editor-in-chief of the national daily Narodna Mladezh in 1944-46, joined the Bulgarian Communist Party in the latter year and was elected to the party's central committee in 1962. Having been appointed deputy minister of education in 1956 and subsequently deputy minister of foreign affairs, he joined as foreign minister the government formed in 1962 by Todor Zhivkov after the fall of the Anton Yugov government and the defeat of the Stalinist and pro-Chinese party faction headed by Vulko Chervenkov. He retained the post in March 1966, when Zhivkov reorganized his government, and again in the Stanko Todorov cabinet formed in July 1971. He was killed while skiing on Mount Vitosha. According to a Foreign Ministry statement he was alone and had been caught in a sudden snowstorm, had apparently fallen and been injured, and died of cold and exhaustion before being found by the mountain rescue service.
Bashir, Marie (Roslyn), Lady Shehadie (b. 1930, Narrandera, N.S.W.), governor of New South Wales (2001-14); wife of Sir Nicholas Shehadie.
Bashir, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-, Arabic `Umar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir (b. Jan. 1, 1944, Hoshe Bannaga, northeastern Sudan), president of the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation (1989-93) and president (1993- ) of The Sudan. He ousted Sadiq al-Mahdi's elected government in 1989 and replaced it with a military regime, pledging not to restore a system of parliamentary democracy. He became the fourth military leader to overthrow a civilian government since Sudanese independence in 1956. A brigadier at the time of the coup, he afterwards rose to lieutenant general. He was hardly known outside army circles, where he had a reputation for toughness. He was the third-ranking officer in the paratroop division stationed in the isolated garrison of al-Muglad in south Kurdufan. Although he strongly denied that his regime was linked to the National Islamic Front, a Muslim fundamentalist movement, many of his appointees were known to be Muslim fundamentalists. During his first months in power, he showed little sign of having a clear political line. At one point he suggested the country might be partitioned between the Islamic north and the mainly non-Islamic south, but he later repudiated any such idea. He said he was unwilling to scrap the Shari`ah (Islamic law) but later suggested this was a matter for negotiation. (Imposition of Shari`ah was one cause of the revolt in the south.) In 1993 the military junta was dissolved and he was named president; he won presidential elections in 1996, 2000, and 2010. A peace agreement with the southern rebels was finally reached in 2004; Shari`ah would only apply to Muslims. Ultimately South Sudan was allowed to secede in 2011. But a new conflict had arisen in the western region of Darfur in 2003. In 2008 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court asked for an arrest warrant for al-Bashir over alleged genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, where an estimated 200,000 people had been killed. The warrant was issued in March 2009. In 2013 he announced his intention not to run again in the 2015 election.
Bashir, Salah(eddin), Arabic Salah al-Din al-Bashir (b. 1966, Jordan), foreign minister of Jordan (2007-09).
Bashmakov, Lev (Polievktovich) (b. 1938), head of the administration of Ryazan oblast (1991-94).
Basindwah, Muhammad Salim (b. January 1935, Aden [now in Yemen]), foreign minister (1993-94) and prime minister (2011-14) of Yemen.
Basov, Aleksandr (Vasilyevich) (b. March [February, O.S.] 1912 - d. Aug. 15, 1988, Moscow, Russian S.F.S.R.), Soviet politician. He was agriculture minister of the Russian S.F.S.R. (1965) and Soviet ambassador to Romania (1966-71), Chile (1971-73), and Australia (1975-79).
Basri, Driss, Arabic Idris al-Basri (b. Nov. 8, 1938, Settat, Morocco - d. Aug. 27, 2007, Paris, France), interior minister of Morocco (1979-99). He started his career as a police commissioner in Rabat. In January 1973 he was appointed head of the counter-intelligence unit (Direction générale de la Surveillance du territoire). He joined the government for the first time in April 1974 as secretary of state for the interior. He became interior minister in March 1979. He was long considered Morocco's de facto prime minister and was in charge of the country's thorny Western Sahara file. In 1992, the increasingly strong role of Basri in government resulted in the delay of power sharing with the Moroccan opposition, representatives of which told King Hassan that it was "him or us." As the king was unwilling to compromise Basri's role in government, opposition parties decided not to enter government. Six years later, in 1998, the opposition was finally forced to accept Basri's role. The socialist opposition leader was appointed prime minister but Basri remained a major challenge to the new cabinet. Since King Muhammad VI ascended the throne in July 1999 the departure of the unpopular Basri had been considered inevitable, and he was sacked in November. He then left Morocco to live in Paris.
Bassaleng, Andi Baso (b. Dec. 28, 1946, Palopo, Netherlands East Indies [now in Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia]), acting governor of Papua (2005-06).
Bassett, Michael (Edward Rainton) (b. Aug. 28, 1938, Auckland, New Zealand), internal affairs minister of New Zealand (1987-90). He was also minister of health (1984-87), local government (1984-90), and civil defense, arts and culture (1987-90).
Bassil, Gebran (Gergi) (b. June 21, 1970, Batroun, Lebanon), foreign minister of Lebanon (2014- ); son-in-law of Michel Aoun. He was also minister of telecommunications (2008-09) and energy and water (2009-14).
Bassolé, Djibrill (Yipènè), also spelled Djibril (b. Nov. 30, 1957, Nouna, Upper Volta [now Burkina Faso]), foreign minister of Burkina Faso (2007-08, 2011-14). He was security minister in 2000-07.
Bassolé, (Bazomboué) Léandre (b. Sept. 21, 1946, Koudougou, Upper Volta [now Burkina Faso]), foreign minister of Burkina Faso (1986-87). He was permanent representative to the United Nations (1983-86) and ambassador to the U.S. (1986), Canada (1988-91), and Côte d'Ivoire (1991-2001).
Bassolino, Antonio (b. March 20, 1947, Afragola, near Naples, Italy), Italian politician. He joined the Italian Communist Party aged 17 and progressed quickly up the ranks. He was elected to parliament in 1987, but quit to run for mayor of Naples in 1993. As mayor (1993-2000), the popular and charismatic Bassolino was feted for cleaning up his crime-ridden southern port city. In 1998-99 he was labour and Southern affairs minister in the government of Massimo D'Alema. In 2000-10 he was president of Campania.
Bassols García, Narciso (b. Oct. 22, 1897, Tenango del Valle, México, Mexico - d. July 24, 1959, Mexico City, Mexico), interior minister (1934) and finance minister (1934-35) of Mexico; great-nephew of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada. He was also minister of education (1931-34) and ambassador to the United Kingdom (1936-37), France (1938-39), and the Soviet Union (1945-46).
Bastidas (Castillo), Adina (Mercedes) (b. June 11, 1943, Caracas, Venezuela), executive vice-president of Venezuela (2000-02). She was also production and commerce minister (2002).
Bastola, Chakra (Prasad) (b. Nov. 26, 1946, Ilam, Nepal), foreign minister of Nepal (2000-01). He was also ambassador to India (1991-95).
Bastos, Carlos (Manuel) (b. 1949?), infrastructure and housing minister of Argentina (2001).
Bastyan, Sir Edric Montague (b. April 5, 1903, Dorset, England - d. Oct. 7, 1980, Adelaide, Australia), Australian politician. Bastyan trained at Sandhurst and served in several regiments, mainly in the administrative staff, before World War II broke out. During the postwar period he held major appointments in the British Army of the Rhine, as chief of staff (1949-50), Eastern Command, and as director of staff duties at the War Office (1950-52). From 1957 until his retirement in 1960 he was commander of the British forces in Hong Kong. He was a popular governor in South Australia (1961-68) and then served as governor of Tasmania (1968-74). He was knighted in 1962.
Basu, Jyoti (b. July 8, 1914, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India - d. Jan. 17, 2010, Kolkata), Indian politician. He became chief minister of West Bengal in 1977, leading a left-wing government. But in the 1990s, he supported private managements against union militants. He surprised many when he allowed the R.P. Goenka group to take over Calcutta's state-owned electricity generation company. It was the biggest takeover in the 1980s in corporate India. Calcutta is one of the few Indian cities with privately-run transport services. In 1994, Basu introduced a radically new industrial policy that opened the floodgates to private investment - foreign and domestic. In 1995, West Bengal approved 385 private investment proposals amounting to 102 billion rupees ($2.9 billion), one of the highest totals among India's states. Rolls Royce, Motorola, Philips, Gujarat Ambuja, Matsushita, and Delta Corporation of the United States were some of the multinational firms to pledge fresh investments. India's best-known communist, he was thrust into national politics when the United Front alliance projected him as its consensus candidate for prime minister in 1996. By then India's longest-serving chief minister, Basu would defy stereotyping and push on with economic reforms, encouraging the private sector, colleagues said. But after a flurry of back-room bargaining, H.D. Deve Gowda was chosen to lead the coalition. Basu's Communist Party of India (Marxist) opted out of the United Front. He resigned as chief minister in 2000.
Batagayev, Aleksey (Nikolayevich) (b. Jan. 18, 1950 - d. Dec. 3, 2002), head of the administration of Ust-Ordynsky Buryat autonomous okrug (1991-96).
Batalla (Parentini), Hugo (Félix) (b. July 12, 1926, La Teja, Uruguay - d. Oct. 3, 1998, Montevideo, Uruguay), vice president of Uruguay (1995-98). He began his political career with the conservative Colorado Party, and was a Colorado Party congressman from 1968 to 1969. But he then split from the party and, with Zelmar Michelini, formed the centre-left Party for the People's Government (PPG). In 1971, he helped establish a coalition known as the Popular Front, which included socialists and communists. Two years later, a military dictatorship took national power. Educated as a lawyer, Batalla defended several political prisoners during the dictatorship. Among them was Raúl Sendic, head of the left-wing National Tupamaro Liberation Front. Batalla was decorated by France and Italy for his human rights efforts, and until his death was a member of the Human Rights Committee of the World Parliamentary Union. With the return of democracy to Uruguay in 1984, Batalla became a senator with the PPG until 1990. In 1994, he returned to the Colorados, joined Julio Sanguinetti to win the elections, and became vice president.
Batbold, Sükhbaataryn (b. 1963, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), foreign minister (2008-09) and prime minister (2009-12) of Mongolia.
Batdyev, Mustafa (Azret-Aliyevich) (b. Dec. 24, 1950, Kazakh S.S.R.), president of Karachayevo-Cherkessia (2003-08).
Batinic, Mirko (b. May 30, 1956, Travnik [now in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina]), premier of Central Bosnia (1998-99).
Batista (y Zaldívar), (Rubén) Fulgencio, original name Rubén Zaldívar (b. Jan. 16, 1901, Banes, Oriente province, Cuba - d. Aug. 6, 1973, Marbella, Spain), president of Cuba (1940-44, 1952-59). He rose from the ranks of the army in which he enlisted in 1921, becoming sergeant and developing a large personal following. He played a leading part in the "sergeants' revolt" of September 1933, which toppled Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the provisional president who had just replaced the dictatorial regime of Gerardo Machado y Morales. Batista became the most powerful man in Cuba, but he preferred to consolidate his control through patronage rather than terror, cultivating the support of the army, the civil service, and organized labour. Ruling through associates the first few years, he was elected president in 1940. While greatly enriching himself, he also governed the nation most effectively, expanding the educational system, sponsoring a huge program of public works, and fostering economic growth. Retiring from office in 1944, he traveled abroad and lived for a while in Florida. He returned in 1949 when he was elected a senator. During the eight years that he was out of power in Cuba, there was a resurgence of corruption on a grand scale, and his return to power through another army revolt in March 1952 was widely welcomed. But he returned as a brutal dictator, suspending constitutional guarantees, banning strikes, canceling elections, controlling the press, and embezzling huge sums from the soaring economy. His regime was finally toppled by rebel forces led by Fidel Castro. Faced with the collapse of his regime, Batista fled with his family to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 1, 1959. Later he went into exile on the Portuguese island of Madeira and finally to Estoril, near Lisbon.
Batliner, Gerard (b. Dec. 9, 1928, Eschen, Liechtenstein - d. June 25, 2008, Eschen), head of government of Liechtenstein (1962-70). He was also president of the Diet (1974-78).
Batlle (Ibáñez), Jorge (Luis) (b. Oct. 25, 1927, Montevideo, Uruguay), president of Uruguay (2000-05); son of Luis Batlle Berres.
Batlle (y Grau), Lorenzo (Cristóbal Manuel) (b. Aug. 10, 1810, Montevideo, Uruguay - d. May 8, 1887, Montevideo), president of Uruguay (1868-72). He was also minister of war (1847-51, 1853, 1854-55, 1865-68) and finance (1856-57).
Batlle Berres, Luis (Conrado) (b. Nov. 26, 1897, Montevideo, Uruguay - d. July 15, 1964, Montevideo), president of Uruguay (1947-51); nephew of José Batlle y Ordóñez. He was a member of the Chamber of Deputies in 1923-33 and 1942-47 and was president of that body in 1943-45. A fiery democrat, he was elected vice president in 1946 and succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent, Tomás Berreta, died in office. His stable and peaceful administration attracted large amounts of foreign investment capital. He founded the newspaper Acción in Montevideo in 1948 and made it the mouthpiece of his political faction. After Uruguay adopted a form of government in which the executive branch consisted of a nine-man council, Batlle was elected head of the council for 1955-56 and remained a member of it until 1959, after his Colorado Party was overwhelmed by the opposition Blanco Party in the November 1958 elections. When he paid a visit to the U.S. in December 1955, he was warmly welcomed as leader of one of the most democratic nations in the world. He criticized the U.S. for encouraging "strongman" governments in Latin America, which he said were the "very best breeding ground" of Communism. His visit provoked an editorial fight between his newspaper and El Nacional, published by opposition congressman Washington Guadalupe. Guadalupe challenged Batlle to a duel, but a three-man court of honour ruled that there were no grounds for one. On Nov. 22, 1957, however, he fought a sabre duel with Gen. Juan Pedro Ribas, a former defense minister. Batlle resented a charge by Ribas that the former president had ordered him shadowed by the police. Batlle was cut on the right arm and Ribas on the right hand; a physician then ordered the duel stopped.
Batlle y Ordóñez, José (Pablo Torcuato) (b. May 21, 1856, Montevideo, Uruguay - d. Oct. 20, 1929, Montevideo), president of Uruguay (1903-07, 1911-15); son of Lorenzo Batlle. On June 16, 1886, he founded the newspaper El Día, which became the mouthpiece of the Colorado Party, one of Uruguay's two ruling political parties. In the 1890s he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies and later to the Senate. He soon became president of the Senate and a member of his party's National Executive Commission. In 1900 he unsuccessfully ran for president. He was elected president in 1903, but by a narrow margin that produced tension with the opposition Blanco Party and led to a civil war in 1904. He and his followers emerged victorious in 1905, with the Colorado Party in undisputed control of the country. He held honest new elections in 1905, which he and his party won. At the end of his term in 1907, he freely stepped down from the presidency. After a triumphant tour of Europe, he was reelected in 1911 and continued the reforms he had started earlier. During his two periods in office, he inaugurated labour reforms, limited the profits of foreign-owned businesses, encouraged migration, nationalized and developed public works, ended the death penalty, and protected illegitimate children. At the end of his presidency, fearing the power of a one-man executive, he sought to reform the constitution by creating a collegiate executive. This effort aroused great opposition, and a new constitution established in 1918 provided for a bifurcated executive - a president and national executive council - which was considered a defeat for Batlle. Nevertheless, he agreed to serve as president of the council in 1921-23 and 1927-28.
Batmönkh, Jambyn, also spelled Jambyn Batmönh, or Zhambyn Batmunkh (b. March 10, 1926, Khyargas district, Ubsa-Nur region, Mongolia - d. April 14, 1997), head of state of Mongolia (1984-90). Joining the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party in 1948, he was elected a Central Committee (CC) candidate member in 1971 and a full member three years later, when he also became a member of the Politburo. In 1973 he was made head of the CC department of science and education. The following year he was appointed deputy chairman and then chairman of the Council of Ministers, thus taking over the premiership from Yumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, who became head of state. Tsedenbal was removed from his posts as head of state and party chief in August 1984 at an extraordinary session of the CC. Batmönkh replaced him as first secretary of the party and, on December 12, as chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (head of state). Tsedenbal's poor state of health was said to be the reason for the change of leadership. One of Batmönkh's first functions after taking over as head of state was to welcome Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to Ulaanbaatar in August 1985. Replying to Gorbachev's toast at a state banquet, Batmönkh proclaimed Mongolia a faithful ally of the Soviet Union and a partner in joint efforts to maintain peace and security in the Far East.
Batolov, Kosta, byname of Konstantin Dobrev Batolov (b. Jan. 3, 1878 [Dec. 22, 1877, O.S.], Sopot, Ottoman Empire [now in Bulgaria] - d. Aug. 2, 1938, Paris, France), foreign minister of Bulgaria (1934-35). He was also mayor of Sofia (1910-11, 1920-22) and minister to France (1931-34, 1935-38), Spain (1932-34), and Belgium (1933-34).
Batsiua, Mathew (Jansen Detumarong) (b. May 26, 1971), foreign minister of Nauru (2011).
Batt, Phil(ip Eugene) (b. March 4, 1927, Wilder, Idaho), governor of Idaho (1995-99). The Republican was elected to the state House in 1964, became a state senator in 1967, was elected lieutenant governor in 1978, and ran for governor in 1982, losing to John Evans by a 51%-49% margin. In a state as sparsely populated as Idaho, genuinely talented politicians are fairly rare; Batt seems to have shown talent in the legislature and had great success as Republican state chairman in 1992. He believed "the private sector can do nearly anything better than the government," and opposed higher taxes and heavy regulation. Batt's election in 1994 came only after a serious contest. He won his primary 48%-33% and then had to face Attorney General Larry EchoHawk. EchoHawk is a Pawnee Indian, and newspapers in and out of Idaho dwelled on the possibility that he would be the first Native American elected governor of any state. But other factors were more important. One was his profession of friendship for Pres. Bill Clinton - a distinct minus in the state, despite EchoHawk's opposition to gun control and some Clinton Interior policies. Another was the fact that EchoHawk is a Mormon, and he received many contributions from prominent Utah Republican Mormons. In November EchoHawk split the Idaho Mormon vote evenly and, as a result, ran even with Batt in usually Republican eastern Idaho. But Batt narrowly carried the often Democratic panhandle 48%-47%, for a 52%-44% final victory. During the campaign both candidates were able to agree on one issue: Idaho had a ballot proposition banning gay-rights laws; it was opposed by both Batt and EchoHawk and lost 50.4%-49.6%.
Batumubwira, Antoinette (b. 1956, Ngozi, Burundi), foreign minister of Burundi (2005-09); wife of Jean-Marie Ngendahayo.
Bauc, Jaroslaw (b. Dec. 1, 1957, Lódz, Poland), finance minister of Poland (2000-01).
Baudin, Auguste (Laurent François) (b. Nov. 21, 1800, Hoogstraeten, Belgium - d. Aug. 1, 1877, Douai, Nord, France), governor of Senegal (1847-50), commandant of the Naval Division of the Western Coasts of Africa (1848, 1851-54), and governor of French Guiana (1856-59).
Baudin, Jacques (b. Aug. 14, 1939, Diourbel, Senegal), foreign minister of Senegal (1998-2000). He was also minister of tourism and environment (1990-93) and justice (1993-98).
Baudouin I (Dutch Boudewijn, German Balduin), in full Baudouin Albert Charles Léopold Axel Marie Gustave of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (b. Sept. 7, 1930, Stuyvenberg Castle, near Brussels, Belgium - d. July 31, 1993, Motril, Spain), king of Belgium (1951-93). The elder son of Leopold III and Queen Astrid, he lost his mother in a motor accident just before he was five and he was almost ten when Belgium was invaded by the Germans during World War II. Baudouin shared his father's internment by the Germans (June 1944-May 1945) and his subsequent voluntary exile in Switzerland. He was for the most part privately educated but during his father's stay at Pregny, near Geneva (1945-50), he attended a state college at Geneva. After Leopold stepped down, Baudouin acted as head of state from Aug. 11, 1950, and on July 17, 1951, he became the fifth king of the Belgians. During his long reign Baudouin served effectively as a unifying force in a country deeply divided into Flemish- and French-speaking factions, and he was respected for the impartiality with which he treated the two groups. He recognized early the imminence of Congolese independence and made a fact-finding tour of the Belgian Congo (now Congo [Kinshasa]) in December 1959; he proclaimed its independence at Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) on June 30, 1960. Baudouin was criticized, however, for his 1990 decision to step down for one day rather than assent to a government bill legalizing abortion; he was reinstated by parliament after its passage. On Dec. 15, 1960, Baudouin married a Spanish noblewoman, Doña Fabiola (Fernanda María de las Victorias Antonia Adelaida) de Mora y Aragón (b. June 11, 1928, Madrid - d. Dec. 5, 2014, Brussels). Because the royal couple were childless, Baudouin was succeeded by his brother, who became Albert II.
Bauer, Gustav (Adolf) (b. Jan. 6, 1870, Darkehmen, East Prussia [now Ozersk, Russia] - d. Sept. 16, 1944, Berlin, Germany), chancellor of Germany (1919-20). He joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1891. He was a co-founder of the Office Employees Association in 1895 and was its chairman until 1908. Entrusted with the leadership of the Central Workers' Secretariat of the Free Trade Unions in Berlin (1903), he subsequently served as second chairman of the General Commission of Trade Unions for all of Germany (1908-18). In 1912 he was elected to the Reichstag. He was appointed secretary of the new Labour Ministry in the last imperial cabinet under Prinz Max von Baden (October 1918), and later he served as minister of labour in the government of Philipp Scheidemann (February-June 1919). He was raised to the chancellorship after the resignation of Scheidemann (June 1919) and was charged with the thankless task of securing ratification of the Treaty of Versailles. Resigning the chancellorship shortly after an abortive coup (the Kapp Putsch of March 1920) during which the cabinet, with the exception of the vice-chancellor, had left Berlin, he was subsequently retained in the governments of Hermann Müller and Joseph Wirth as minister of the treasury (1920, 1921), minister of transportation (1920), and vice-chancellor (1921-22). Because of his alleged involvement in a corruption affair he was asked to resign his Reichstag seat and was expelled from the SPD in 1925. This was reversed in 1926, but in 1928 he withdrew from politics. In 1933 he was arrested for a week, accused of being involved in vast embezzlements of funds of a building and loan association of whose governing board he was a member; the charges were dropped in 1935.
Baugh, Kenneth (Lee O'Neil) (b. Feb. 24, 1941, Montego Bay, Jamaica), foreign minister of Jamaica (2007-12). He was health minister in 1980-89.
Baughman, U(rbanus) E(dmund) (b. 1905 - d. 1978), chief of the U.S. Secret Service (1948-61).
Baume-Schneider, Elisabeth (b. Dec. 24, 1963, Les Bois, Jura, Switzerland), president of the government of Jura (2006, 2008, 2012).
Baumgartner, Wilfrid (Siegfried) (b. May 21, 1902, Paris - d. June 1, 1978, Paris), governor of the Banque de France (1949-60) and French minister of finances and economical affairs (1960-62).
Baunsgaard, Hilmar (Tormod Ingolf) (b. Feb. 26, 1920, Slagelse, Denmark - d. June 30, 1989), prime minister of Denmark (1968-71). He joined the youth organization of the Radical Liberal Party in 1936 and was on the executive committees of both the youth branch (1948-55; chairman 1948-51) and the party itself (1948-57, 1960-76). He entered the Folketing (parliament) in 1957 and served as minister of commerce (1961-64) in the cabinet of Viggo Kampmann. He was a leading spokesman of the non-Socialist opposition during the 1960s and '70s and prime minister of the "bourgeois" Conservative-Liberal coalition that displaced the Socialist government from 1968 to 1971. As prime minister, Baunsgaard supported the abolition of the pornography laws and worked for Denmark's entry into the European Communities. During his tenure, however, the economy worsened, and the government was forced to increase taxes. After the Socialists regained power in the 1971 general election, Baunsgaard remained leader of the Radical Liberals. He retired from the Folketing in 1977.
Baur, Charles (b. Dec. 20, 1929, Paris, France - d. Jan. 2, 2015, Morocco), president of the Regional Council of Picardie (1976-78, 1985-2004).
Baust, Gundolf (b. 1941? - d. Dec. 9, 2004), chairman of the District Council of Frankfurt (1989-90).
Bautista Castillo, Gonzalo (b. Jan. 1, 1896, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico - d. Oct. 7, 1952), governor of Puebla (1941-42). He was also mayor of Puebla (1940-41).
Bautista O'Farril, Gonzalo (b. April 16, 1922, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico - d. July 16, 2006), governor of Puebla (1972-73); son of Gonzalo Bautista Castillo. He was also mayor of Puebla (1972).
Bauzá, Eduardo (b. Nov. 16, 1939, Mendoza province, Argentina), cabinet chief of Argentina (1995-96). He was also interior (1989) and public health (1989-90) minister.
Bavadra, Timoci (Uluivuda) (b. Sept. 22, 1934, Namoi village, near Lautoka, Fiji - d. Nov. 3, 1989, Suva, Fiji), prime minister of Fiji (1987).
Bavuidi Babingi, Séraphin (b. Oct. 30, 1946), governor of Bas-Congo (1999-2001).
Bawa, Mohammed (Inua) (b. April 6, 1944, Yauri [now in Kebbi state], Nigeria), administrator of Ekiti (1996-98) and Gombe (1998-99).
Bawoyeu, Jean Alingué (b. Aug. 18, 1937, Fort-Lamy [now N'Djamena] or Draï-Ngolo, Chad), acting president (1990) and prime minister (1991-92) of Chad. He was also ambassador to the United States (1974-76) and France (1977-79), a presidential candidate in 1996 (8.3% of the vote) and 2001 (2.2%), and justice minister (2008-10) and minister of posts and new information technologies (2010-13).
Bay Valenzuela, Alejo (R.) (b. Jan. 15, 1891, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico - d. Jan. 30, 1952, Rochester, Minn.), governor of Sonora (1923-27).
Bayandin, Lev (Sergeyevich) (b. Jan. 2, 1942, Cherdyn, Perm oblast, Russian S.F.S.R.), head of the administration of Yamalo-Nenets autonomous okrug (1991-94).
Bayar, Mahmut Celal, before 1935 Mahmut Celal Bey (b. May 15, 1883, Umurbey, near Bursa, Ottoman Empire [now in Turkey] - d. Aug. 22, 1986, Istanbul), president of Turkey (1950-60). He became involved with the Committee of Union and Progress directed against Sultan Abdülhamit's autocratic rule, and served as the secretary of its Smyrna branch. With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, he joined the movement of Mustafa Kemal (later Atatürk) to resist the Allied occupation of Anatolia. In January 1920 he was elected to the last Ottoman parliament; when the parliament was suppressed and the British arrested the nationalists, he escaped to Ankara, where Mustafa Kemal had convened the Grand National Assembly (GNA). Bayar served as economy minister (1921-22) in the government of the GNA and for a time (1922-24) as minister of reconstruction and settlement. In 1932 Bayar, then an exponent of a state-operated economy, became economy minister and contributed to the development of Turkey's industries and mines. In 1937-39 he was prime minister. In 1945 he resigned from Parliament and from the Republican People's Party. In January 1946 he helped organize the Democrat Party, which under his leadership won a landslide victory at the election of May 1950, whereupon he was elected president. He was reelected in 1954 and 1957. He was the architect of an economic policy which gave priority to private enterprise. Arrested during the military coup of May 1960, he was tried on dubious charges of crimes against the state and was sentenced to death (September 1961). Because of his advanced age, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Released for reasons of health in 1964, he was pardoned in 1966, though his civil rights were not restored until 1974.
Bayar, Sanj(aagiyn) (b. 1956, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), prime minister of Mongolia (2007-09). He was ambassador to Russia in 2001-05.
Bayard, Thomas F(rancis) (b. Oct. 29, 1828, Wilmington, Del. - d. Sept. 28, 1898, Dedham, Mass.), U.S. secretary of state (1885-89). He was also ambassador to the United Kingdom (1893-97).
Bayardelle, (Ange Marie Charles) André (b. Feb. 18, 1896, Basse-Pointe, Martinique - d. May 3, 1947, Paris, France), governor of French Somaliland (1942-43) and governor-general of French Equatorial Africa (1944-46).
Bayh, Evan, byname of Birch Evans Bayh III (b. Dec. 26, 1955, Shirkieville, Ind.), governor of Indiana (1989-97). A Democrat, he was first elected governor of Indiana at 32, running as a determined opponent of higher taxes and a less venturesome government activist than his Republican opponent, Lieutenant Governor John Mutz. He was reelected in 1992 by a wide margin. In office, Bayh abolished the license plate fund and made Indiana one of only two states not to raise taxes since 1989. He helped attract a 7,500-worker United Airlines repair facility to Indianapolis, but failed in his push for a third Chicago regional airport in Gary. Bayh squeezed spending out of non-education programs and sponsored innovations in education. He is proud of the "world-class" standards enforced by written tests now required in Indiana for high school graduation. Other innovations include adult literacy, healthcare access and other services for pre-schoolers, experimental Discovery Schools for high schoolers and college tuition for at-risk youths who pledge to graduate from high school and stay off drugs. Bayh argues that high schools now are not adequately preparing kids. In national politics, Bayh attacked Republican governors for elbowing Democrats out of the national debate on the balanced budget amendment. Some Democrats saw Bayh as an attractive national candidate. Bayh's popularity helped Democrats win other offices, though they were set sharply back in 1994. His ally Joe Hogsett was elected secretary of state in 1990 but lost Senate and House races in 1992 and 1994; Democrat Pam Carter, a black woman, was elected attorney general in 1992. Bayh could not run again in 1996. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and again in 2004.
Baykal, Deniz (b. July 20, 1938, Antalya, southeastern Turkey), finance minister (1974) and foreign minister (1995-96) of Turkey. He was also minister of energy and natural resources (1978-79). The suave and dynamic head of Turkey's oldest political party, the Republican People's Party, Baykal's leftists held the balance of power in parliament before 1999. But he lost ground to his left-wing rival Bülent Ecevit and in the 1999 election his party failed to beat the 10% barrier needed to win seats in parliament. In the wake of this defeat he stepped down as leader of the party, but he was reelected to the position on Sept. 30, 2000. He resigned on May 10, 2010, after an Internet video appeared to show him in a bedroom with a female lawmaker from his party.
Bayle, Abdirahman Duale, Somali Cabdiraxmaan Ducaale Bayle (b. 1955?), foreign minister of Somalia (2014-15).
Bayle, Pierre (Marie) (b. Dec. 15, 1952, Epernay, Marne, France), prefect of Mayotte (1998-2001). He was also prefect of the départements of Aveyron (2001-04) and Aisne (2009-13).
Baylón Chacón, Óscar (b. 1929, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico), governor of Baja California (1989).
Baylot, Jean (Félix) (b. March 27, 1897, Pau, France - d. Feb. 3, 1976, Paris, France), prefect of police of Paris (1951-54). He was also prefect of the départements of Basses-Pyrénées (1944-46), Haute-Garonne (1946-47), and Bouches-du-Rhône (1948-51).
Baymagambetov, Serik (Nurtayevich) (b. Sept. 8, 1958), interior minister of Kazakhstan (2009-11).
Bayrou, François (René Jean Lucien) (b. May 25, 1951, Bordères, Basses-Pyrénées [now Pyrénées-Atlantiques], France), French politician. He was education minister in 1993-97 and a presidential candidate in 2002 and 2007. From 1998 he was president of the Union for French Democracy, and in 2007 he founded the new Democrat Movement.
Bayülken, (Ümit) Haluk (b. July 6, 1921, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey] - d. April 26, 2007, Ankara, Turkey), foreign minister (1971-74) and defense minister (1980-83) of Turkey and secretary-general of the Central Treaty Organization (1975-77). He was also ambassador to the United Kingdom (1966-69) and Malta (1968-69) and permanent representative to the United Nations (1969-71).
Baz Prada, Gustavo (b. Jan. 31, 1894, Tlalnepantla, México, Mexico - d. Oct. 12, 1987, Mexico City, Mexico), governor of México (1914-15, 1957-63). He was also Mexican minister of health and welfare (1940-46).
Bazán (Olmos), José Dominador (b. Aug. 27, 1917, Colón, Panama - d. Oct. 20, 1996, Panama City, Panama), Panamanian politician. A conservative and free-market advocate, he was elected second vice president under Roberto Chiari (1960-64) and served as acting president for some days in April 1962. In 1968, he was elected second vice president under Arnulfo Arias, but that government was overthrown by a military coup 11 days later. The engineers of the coup offered to install Bazán as president, but he declined. Bazán also served as interior and justice minister (1959-60), congressman, and ambassador to Brazil and Guatemala.
Bazarbayev, Muslim (Bazarbayevich) (b. May 15, 1927 - d. Nov. 9, 1995), foreign minister of the Kazakh S.S.R. (1976-81). He was also minister of culture (1970-76).
Bazargan, Mehdi (b. September 1907 [other sources say 1905], Tehran, Iran - d. Jan. 20, 1995, Zürich, Switzerland), prime minister of Iran (1979). In 1951 Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh made him head of the newly nationalized oil industry. In 1953 the shah returned to power, and Bazargan cofounded the opposition National Resistance Movement. He left it in 1961 and took part in the formation of the Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI). In 1963 he joined the Iranian Committee for Defense of Liberty and Human Rights founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He was appointed as the first prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran by Khomeini after the latter's return to Iran. Khomeini exercised the supreme power through a series of committees headed by younger ayatollahs, some of which acted as summary courts-martial. When Bazargan tried to transform this revolutionary procedure into a more civilized administration of justice, Khomeini accused him of weakness. He continued to override and act apart from Bazargan administratively. On several occasions Bazargan offered his resignation, which was not accepted. He represented Iran at the 25th anniversary of the Algerian nationalist uprising on Nov. 1, 1979, and met in Algiers with Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter's national security advisor. On his return to Tehran he was charged by the students who had seized the U.S. embassy on November 4 with having treacherously conversed with an American. On November 6 he resigned. As a member of parliament for the FMI (the only legal opposition) in 1980-84, he criticized the Iran-Iraq war and human rights abuses. He was briefly kidnapped and roughed up in 1986 but was spared more serious persecution apparently because of Khomeini's protection.
Bazin, Marc (Louis) (b. March 6, 1932, Saint-Marc, Haiti - d. June 16, 2010, Laboule, Haiti), finance minister (1982) and prime minister and acting president (1992-93) of Haiti. He was a presidential candidate in 1990 (winning 15% of the vote) and 2006 (0.7%).
Bazoche, Charles (Louis Joseph) (b. Oct. 21, 1784, Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France - d. June 22, 1853, Brest, Finistère, France), governor of Île Bourbon (1841-46).
Bazoum, Mohamed (b. Jan. 1, 1960, N'Guigmi, Zinder region, Niger), foreign minister of Niger (1995-96, 2011-15).
Bazyli, original name Wlodzimierz Doroszkiewicz (b. March 15, 1914, Cisy village [now in Podlaskie województwo], northeastern Poland - d. Feb. 11, 1998, Warsaw, Poland), metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland (1970-98). He attended the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary in Wilno (Vilnius). World War II stopped his higher theological studies. He completed them graduating from the Spiritual Academy with the title M.A. of theology, in Zagorsk (now Sergiyev Posad) in 1960. He obtained his first ordination in 1937, and in 1938 he received priest ordination. He led his spiritual work in the parishes of Lyskow, Hornostajewicze near Wolkowysk, Swislocz, Michalowo, and Grodek. Having taken holy orders in 1960, he obtained ordination as bishop, and became metropolitan's suffragan, with the title of bishop of Bielsk. In 1962 he became bishop of the Wroclaw-Szczecin diocese. There he stayed until his election to the metropolitan's throne. In the Wroclaw-Szczecin diocese he turned out to be a responsible organizer among the Orthodox people who appeared in these areas as a result of the "Vistula action" (resettlement of Ukrainians). After the death of Metropolitan Stefan, he was appointed to the post of Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland. He held the post from 1970 until his death, which followed after a long and serious illness. Thanks to his efforts two dioceses were restituted: Przemysl-Nowy Sacz and Lublin-Chelm; also the Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish Army was created. In addition, with the metropolitan's blessing the School of Writing (Painting) Icons in Bielsk Podlaski and the Psalmist's Study in Hajnówka were formed. He also actively worked in the Polish Ecumenical Council and the World Council of Churches.