Government transitions

February 17, 2018 - 11:30 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The United States said it "strongly disagrees" with the new...
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, during press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Desalegn announced that he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a "lasting peace." (AP Photo)
February 15, 2018 - 11:25 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a "lasting peace." "I want to be part of...
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South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the nation and press at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma says he will resign 'with immediate effect' (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
February 14, 2018 - 6:02 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, ending a turbulent tenure marred by corruption scandals that sapped the popularity of the ruling African National Congress and hurt one of Africa's biggest economies. The resignation...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammed Rasool, the newly-elected leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, in Farah province, Afghanistan. Despite US President Donald Trump’s pronouncement that there would be no talks with the Taliban following a series of deadly attacks in Kabul, officials say talks continue, but neither side trusts the other and neither believes the other negotiates independently.(AP Photo, File)
February 14, 2018 - 1:09 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a rambling nearly 3,000-word letter issued Wednesday, the Taliban urged the "American people" to press their government to withdraw from Afghanistan, reminding them that the Afghan war is the longest conflict in which they have been embroiled — and at a cost of "...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English talks to hundreds of supporters after election results are announced in Auckland, New Zealand. English announced Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 he is quitting after losing last year’s election. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)
February 12, 2018 - 9:57 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's opposition leader Bill English said Tuesday he would leave Parliament after losing last year's election. The former prime minister told reporters he was resigning as leader of the conservative National Party and leaving Parliament later this month...
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South African Deputy President and African National Congress party President Cyril Ramaphosa, delivers a speech at the Grand Parade in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in celebration of Nelson Mandela's Centenary on the 28th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison. Ramaphosa said ruling party leaders who are scheduled to meet on Monday will finalize a power transition from President Jacob Zuma, who faces widespread calls to resign because of corruption scandals. (AP Photo)
February 11, 2018 - 11:07 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's deputy president consolidated his control of the government on Sunday, promising to conclude a power transition in which he would succeed President Jacob Zuma, who faces widespread calls to resign because of corruption allegations. Standing on the balcony of Cape...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, smiles during a press statement after Merkel's conservatives and Germany's main center-left party reached a deal to form a new coalition government after a final session of talks that dragged on for 24 hours in the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
February 07, 2018 - 1:24 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country's main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gridlock. The center-left Social Democrats' leaders...
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South African President Jacob Zuma leaves parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018. Zuma's exit from power because of scandals appears to be getting closer with his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to replace him, saying he anticipates a "speedy resolution" to transition talks he is holding with Zuma. (AP Photo/Brenton Geach)
February 07, 2018 - 1:08 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma's exit from power because of scandals appeared to be getting closer on Wednesday as his deputy, who is expected to replace him, said he anticipated a "speedy resolution" to transition talks he is holding with the president. Deputy President...
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South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa leaves Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, after it was announced that this years state of the nation address that was to be delivered on Thursday will be postponed. Officials say South African President Jacob Zuma will not make the state of the nation address because of concerns that lawmakers may disrupt the event. (AP Photo)
February 07, 2018 - 7:37 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's political turmoil (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The deputy of South African President Jacob Zuma says he anticipates a "speedy resolution" to his talks with the president about a power transition. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to...
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Social Democratic party chairman Martin Schulz gives a brief statement when arriving for what is supposed to be the last day of the coalition talks between Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic bloc and the Social Democratic party at the CDU headquarters in Berlin Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP
February 06, 2018 - 4:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — Talks on a new German coalition government entered what participants expect will be their final day, with negotiators hopeful a deal can be agreed Tuesday that would bring an end to the country's political limbo closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc and the center...
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