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22 Sep, 2015

President reinstated

Interim President Kafando is formally reinstated a week after the military takeover. Gen Diendere says the guard has return to barracks after signing a deal with the regular army to hand back power. Diendere did not attend the transfer of power ceremony.

[I take] full responsibility [for the coup and I am] not afraid to face justice. I am happy that we avoided confrontation…It had been “the biggest mistake. We knew the people were not in favor of it. That is why we have given up. waste of time and resources… and human lives were lost.

17 Sep, 2015

Appointed U.S. ambassador

Cuba appoints Cabanas as U.S. ambassador, the first person to take the position since 1961. He is received by President Obama with 15 other new diplomats from other countries. The U.S. has yet to make an announcement about who will serve as its new ambassador in Havana.

We never had the flagpole in the place where it is now, because it was on the top of the house. And it’s the first time ever, we had the flag pole outside, and the meaning is different….We’re finally recognizing each other as states, as sovereign countries. And for anyone, any citizen in the world, the use of his own flag is very important and meaningful.


13 Jul, 2015

Dismisses officials

President Buhari dismisses all of his country’s top military officials, announcing the elevation of Maj. Gen. Buratai, currently the head of the multinational anti-Boko Haram force to army chief of staff.

20 May, 2015

Sworn in

JS64113034Black is sworn in as an MP at Westminster.

I, Mhairi Black, Paisley and Renfrewshire South, do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.

18 May, 2015

Purges cabinet

President Nkurunziza purges his cabinet, while protesters are warned that they will be treated as accomplices of the rebel generals who staged the coup. Defence Minister Gaciyubwenge is replaced by Ntahonvukiye, a lawyer who becomes the first civilian defence chief in 50 years. Foreign Minister Kavakure is replaced by Aime, a former ambassador to the African Union; while Trade Minister Ciza is replaced by Inantore. Spokesperson:

The president has powers under the constitution, including being able to change the government, He believes that the time has come and it is up to his discretion.

6 Dec, 1996

Nominates Albright for Secretary of State

Clinton nominates Albright to succeed Warren Christopher as U.S. Secretary of State.

When my name came up to be Secretary of State, there were those who said that a woman cannot be Secretary of State,  that other countries would not deal with a women. The Arab ambassadors at the U.N said, we have dealt with Ambassador Albright and never had any problems. I had more problems with the men in our government, and not because they were mail chauvinist pigs, but because they had seen me go through this endlessly long rise of being a carpool mother, or a friend of their wives, or on school boards, or the perfect staffer. And all of a sudden, I’m Secretary of State and they wonder why they weren’t.

16 Oct, 1993

Appointed president

Sudan announces return to civil rule and appoints Bashir as president. Before disbanding, the Council issues a decree specifying that Islamic law will be the basis of Sudan’s political system, but guaranteeing freedom of religion. The Council’s deputy leader says the move is necessary “to put a framework for the government.”

14 Jun, 1993

Supreme Court nomination

President Clinton nominates Ginsburg for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

I decided on her for three reasons. First, in her years on the bench she has genuinely distinguished herself as one of our Nation’s best judges, progressive in outlook, wise in judgment, balanced and fair in her opinions. Second, over the course of a lifetime, in her pioneering work in behalf of the women of this country, she has compiled a truly historic record of achievement in the finest traditions of American law and citizenship. And finally, I believe that in the years ahead she will be able to be a force for consensus-building on the Supreme Court, just as she has been on the Court of Appeals, so that our judges can become an instrument of our common unity in the expression of their fidelity to the Constitution.

30 Aug, 1967

Supreme Court nomination confirmed

The Senate confirms Marshall’s nomination as Supreme Court Justice. He is the first African American to sit on the high court. The roll-call vote is 69 to 11. Southerners try to delay Marshall’s appointment. The Southern opposition charges that Marshal was a “judicial activist” who looks to his personal philosophies rather than to the law for guidance. Senator Javits defends the appointment:

We should be thankful that there is [an African American] in the United States who deserves to be a justice of the Supreme Court.