Political resignations

Commuters walk to get on a train at the Gare Saint Lazare station in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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December 16, 2019 - 8:13 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government suffered a blow Monday when the key architect of the pension overhaul resigned over alleged conflicts of interests, on the 12th day of transport strikes against the planned changed. The French presidency said Macron accepted “with regret”...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, then state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May Court House, speaks at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting in Trenton, N.J. Drew, who has long opposed House Democrats' impeachment effort, discussed switching parties in a meeting with President Donald Trump, an administration official said Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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December 15, 2019 - 10:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office." The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House...
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An anti-government protester throws flares against the riot police, background, during a protest near the parliament square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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December 15, 2019 - 6:22 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. The violence...
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Supporters of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rally outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The Israeli parliament began voting to dissolve itself on Wednesday and pave the path to an unprecedented third election within a year. Hebrew in posters reads: "Netanyahu Israel is strong." (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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December 12, 2019 - 1:42 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel heading to its third straight election in a year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to buy some much-needed time as he tries to fend off a slew of criminal corruption charges. But the embattled Israeli leader heads into the three-month campaign...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, family, friends and supporters pause for a moment of silence at a memorial to Michael Brown, one year since Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The federal monitor overseeing reforms in Ferguson is expressing concerns that community engagement is starting to dwindle in the Missouri town where Brown's death in 2014 helped spur the national Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
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December 12, 2019 - 1:41 pm
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The monitor overseeing the federal consent agreement requiring police and court changes in Ferguson is seeing troubling signs that residents are increasingly disengaged in the reform process. Just 22 people showed up Wednesday for a town hall-style meeting with the monitor team...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, left, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a memorial service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Barring a nearly unfathomable about face, Israel is headed Wednesday, Dec. 11 toward an unprecedented third election within a year - prolonging a political stalemate that has paralyzed government and undermined its citizens' faith in the democratic process. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
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December 11, 2019 - 6:46 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his...
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Several thousands demonstrators gather to demand the resignation of Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, at the Wenceslas square in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Babis faces legations that he has misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, though he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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December 10, 2019 - 1:57 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs returned to the streets of Prague on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The protest at the central Wenceslas Square and a march followed two huge rallies earlier this year when a quarter of a million people demanded that Babis step down...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, Wisconsin Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, right, looks on as then Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to reporters in Milwaukee. Federal investigators plan to brief the Wisconsin National Guard's top commander this weekend on their seven-month review of the Guard's sexual assault reporting and investigation protocols. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)
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December 09, 2019 - 4:51 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and...
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The candidate for the next Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, smiles after she won the SDP's Prime Minister candidate vote against Antti Lindtman, in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government head, replacing former Cabinet leader who resigned Tuesday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)
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December 08, 2019 - 1:54 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A 34-year-old minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader. The council of Finland's ruling Social Democratic Party in a tight 32-29 vote late Sunday picked Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman...
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A lawmaker from the MAS party speaks on her cell phone in the Chamber of Deputies where lawmakers are debating a law that would give amnesty to former President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, late Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The interim government of Bolivia warned that it will veto a legislative initiative that would grant an amnesty to Morales, currently exiled in Mexico, if approved by Congress where Morales' party MAS has majority. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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December 07, 2019 - 2:38 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — With its top leader absent, the party of Evo Morales gathered Saturday in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba to start choosing its candidates for new elections called after the resignation and exile of the former president amid protests over vote results. Morales' Movement...
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