Political resignations

FILE -In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during the 2018 POW/MIA National Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington. President Donald Trump says Mattis will be retiring at the end of February 2019 and that a new secretary will be named shortly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
December 20, 2018 - 8:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America's role in the world. Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and says he will notify the king. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, FILE)
December 18, 2018 - 12:41 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for a United Nations compact on international migration. "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now...
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Demonstrators wearing yellow vests on the blocked highway near the French border with Spain, during a protest Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in Biriatou, southwestern France. Police have deployed in large numbers Saturday for the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after protests on previous weekends turned violent. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 16, 2018 - 6:52 am
PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across France on Sunday even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests. The road blockades remained despite a call by Interior Minister Christophe...
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FILE - In this photo provided by the Interior Department shows Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arriving for his first day of work at the Interior Department in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, aboard Tonto, an 17-year-old Irish sport horse. Zinke will be leaving the administration at year's end, Trump said Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (Interior Department via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 9:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland was signed, at EPA headquarters in Washington. Trump says on Saturday, Dec. 15, Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 15, 2018 - 7:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is blaming what he calls "vicious and politically motivated attacks" for his resignation from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. Zinke's departure, set for Jan. 2...
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Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks with a Buddhist monk after signing his resignation letter at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, saying he wants to end a political impasse over his appointment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
December 15, 2018 - 1:14 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister resigned on Saturday, saying he wanted to end a long political impasse over his appointment and allow the president to form a new government. Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a letter of resignation, flanked by lawmakers from his party and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29,2018, file photo, Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, gestures as he arrives for a meeting with his supporting lawmakers at the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that the disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:29 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., waits to be sworn in as a U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence in at the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, Dec. 14, Kyl will resign at the end of the year from the U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of Sen. Jon McCain. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
December 14, 2018 - 1:49 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, a development which gives Ducey a second opportunity to fill the position. Kyl, 76, had said he was only committed to serving...
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FILE - IN this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., departs following a Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill. The push for the legislation took on new urgency in the past year, as more than a half-dozen lawmakers resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 12, 2018 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual misconduct allegations in Congress. The bill updates the decades-old Congressional Accountability Act, which governs how lawmakers and aides report sexual misconduct claims...
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The lit up words "Peoples Vote", which calls for another referendum on Britain's European Union membership, are photographed by a remain, anti-Brexit supporter wearing a European flag design beret across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May has postponed Parliament's vote on her European Union divorce deal to avoid a shattering defeat — a decision that throws her Brexit plans into chaos. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
December 10, 2018 - 9:04 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:20 p.m. European Union official Donald Tusk says the bloc won't renegotiate the Brexit deal with the U.K. government as he called a summit Thursday to examine ways to help Britain ratify the deal. Tusk, the president of the European Council...
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