Events in May 2007
May 1: The U.S. President, George W. Bush, vetoes bill on troops withdrawal from Iraq.
The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calls for early general elections after the constitutional court annuls vote on presidential polls first round.
Venezuela takes over oil fields in the Orinoco belt, the world’s biggest crude reserve hitherto operated by foreign companies.
May 3: Bangladesh Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus retracts from floating his party Nagarik Shakti.
Scotland and Wales hold “mini” general elections.
May 4: The Labour Party loses heavily in general elections in Scotland and Wales.
Experts from 120 nations endorse a report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and ramp up use of technologies that do not emit greenhouse gases.
May 5: The Labour Party loses power in Scotland in a historic election defeat bringing to an end its 50 years of political dominance.
All 114 persons, including 15 Indians, aboard a Kenya Airways Jet bound for Nairobi are killed after it crashes in a mangrove forest on the outskirts of Douala town in Cameroon.
May 6: The ruling Conservative Party UMP president, Nicolas Sarkozy is elected President of France beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal.
May 8: The hardline Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein join a power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland.
May 11: East Timor Prime Minister, Jose Ramos Horta, wins presidential polls.
May 12: At least 41 persons are killed and over 100 injured in Pakistan’s Karachi city following a bloody showdown between supporters of President Pervez Musharraf and ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary.
May 16: Nicolas Sarkozy is installed as the sixth President of France’s Fifth Republic established in 1958.
May 17: The French President Nicolas Sarkozy names Francois Fillon Prime Minister.
North Korea unfurls “a new curtain of peace” by running a train through the demilitarised zone near Kosung. South Korea reciprocates. The rail link was disrupted during the 1950-53 Korean war.
May 18: The World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz resigns ending a furore over favouritism.
Algeria’s ruling coalition wins parliamentary polls (held a day earlier) with reduced majority.
Rachida Dati, a woman of North African origin is named French Justice Minister. Former Defence Minister, Michele Alliot Marie, gets Interior and Bernard Kouchner gets Foreign Ministry.
Kazakhstan’s Parliament votes to allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev to stay in office for life.
May 20: Jose Ramos-Horta is sworn in as East Timor’s second President for a five-year term.
People cast ballots in election to Vietnamese National Assembly.
May 22: Katsusuke Yanagisawa (71) of Japan becomes the oldest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
May 25: The Myanmarese military government extends detention of Aung San Suu Kyi by another year.
Ireland goes to the polls.
Romanian film “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” wins the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
May 27: Irish’s Prime Minister Bertie Ahern wins third term.
May 28: Japanese model Riyo Mori (20) is crowned Miss Universe 2007 at a global beauty contest in Mexico City. She is the second Japanese woman to get it after Akiko Kojima in 1959.
May 29: Russia successfully test-fires RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile from a mobile launcher at Plestek cosmodrome 800 km north of Moscow.
Umaru Yar’ Adua is sworn in President of Nigeria.
May 30: The U.S. President George W.Bush names Robert Zoellick to replace Paul Wolfowitz as World Bank president.
Thailand’s constitutional court bans deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from politics for five years and orders disbanding of the Thai Rak Thai party founded by him, for electoral fraud.