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From 16 to 22 of July



National holiday : Anniversary of the Revolution (17 July 1968).


United States

Senator from Georgia Paul Coverdell, an influential and widelie respected member of Senate Republican leadership dies at a hospital in Atlanta after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last weekend.



Following his formal appointment as President of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, His Excellency, Ratu Josefa Iloilo moved quickly to announce the new Cabinet, which he will swear in tomorrow morning. Ministers in Cabinet : Mr Laisenia Qarase, Prime Minister ; Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Fijian Affairs ; Mr Alipate Qetaki, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice ; Ratu Jone Y. Kubuabola, Minister for Finance and National Planning ; Ratu Talemo Ratakele, Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration ; Ro Teimumu Kepa, Minister for Women, Culture and Social Welfare ; Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister for Works and Energy ; Ratu Tevita Momoedonu, Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations ; Mr Tomasi Vuetilovoni, Minister for Commerce, Business Development and Investment ; Mr Nelson Delailomaloma, Minister or Education ; Mr Joketani Cokanasiga, Minister for Information and Communications ; Mr Jone Koroitamana, Minister for Tourism and Transport ; Mr Hector Hatch, Minister for Public Enterprises and Public Sector Reform ; Mr Keni Dakuidreketi, Minister for Youth, Employment Opportunities and Sports ; Mr Kaliopate Tavola, Minister for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Sugar ; Mr Pita Nacuva, Minister for Health ; Ratu Tu'uakitau Cokanauto, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment ; Mr Apisai Tora, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Forests and ALTA ; Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, Minister for Regional Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs ; Mr Mitieli Bulanauca, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources. Named also 12 Assistant Minister.



Parliament voted to change the way more than half its members are elected ahead of an October general election. Under the new electoral law, 71 of the parliament's 141 members will defeat rivals for their seats if they receive the most votes in a single round of balloting. Previously they had to win 50 percent of the votes or face a run-off against their nearest competitor. Most seats had second round ballots in past elections. The parliament's 70 other seats are allotted according to the proportional popularity of the political parties at the ballot box. Analysts said the new law, which revived legislation vetoed by President Valdas Adamkus, will boost the prospects of the ruling Homeland Union (conservative) party.



National holiday : Independence Day (20 July 1810 from Spain).



National holiday : National Day (ascension of King LEOPOLD I to the throne in 21 July 1831)



National holiday : Liberation Day (21 July 1944).





35° Congress of the PSOE (Spanish Labour Socialist Party) in Madrid.José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, 39, from Léon is the new General Secretary of the PSOE.



G8 : Okinawa Summit. Leaders of the eight most powerful nations wrap up their annual summit fresh from drawing up ambitious plans to help poor countries reduce their debts and join the information technology (IT) revolution. They have worked briskly through an array of long-term issues, from combating AIDS to the aging of their societies, but failed to find common ground on Saturday on the vexed issue of how to handle trade in genetically modified (GM) food. The Group of Eight pledged Saturday to set up a ``dot force''(digital opportunity task force) to help poor nations join the information technology revolution and someday leave the Third World behind. Clearly, they are sending a message to the world that all people should have access to basic education, modern technology and the tools to fight infectious diseases.''



Former Bank executive Franck Biancheri, 40, is appointed by prince Rainier to replace Mr. Henri Fissore at the department of Finance and Economy à l'Économie and engineer José Badia, 55, to PublicWorks. According to Premier Patrick Leclercq, these changes are made in the term of their 5 years mandates.