Political resignations

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, looks at Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini as he addresses the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte blasted the League's leader and Interior minister Matteo Salvini for his decision to spark a government crisis that risks triggering "a spiral of political and financial instability." Conte addressed the Senate on Tuesday in a much-awaited speech after Salvini's far-right League two weeks ago landed a no-confidence vote against Conte's government pushing it on the verge of collapse. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 20, 2019 - 7:06 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has told senators he is handing in his resignation because his right-wing coalition partner, the League party led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has decided to yank its support for the populist government. Conte said he will go later Tuesday to...
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August 15, 2019 - 7:34 am
BERLIN (AP) — A center-left minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government says she will resign if her PhD is revoked over plagiarism allegations. Franziska Giffey, a former mayor of one of Berlin's toughest districts, was considered a rising star in German politics and her Social...
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses supporters during a Liberal Party fundraiser in Surrey, British Columbia, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 1:52 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances. The report comes just before the official start of...
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Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini is applauded by The League party's lawmakers as he addresses the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Italy’s political leaders scrambled to line up allies and form alliances Tuesday as the country’s right-wing interior minister pressed his demands for an early election in the hope of snagging the premiership as a platform for his anti-migrant, euroskeptic agenda. Senators hastily summoned back from a vacation break convened for a vote on scheduling their consideration of a no-confidence motion lodged by Matteo Salvini’s League party against Premier Giuseppe Conte’s 14-month-old populist government. (AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar)
August 13, 2019 - 11:56 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's political leaders scrambled to line up allies and form alliances Tuesday as the country's right-wing interior minister pressed his demands for an early election in hopes of snagging the premiership as a platform for his anti-migrant, euroskeptic agenda. Senators were hastily...
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A demonstrator holds up a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "We demand transparency" outside the government mansion La Fortaleza, where a small group of protesters gathered, in San Juan Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. The protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Aug. 2 and continued on a smaller scale until the Supreme Court removed his chosen successor are dissipating. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 09, 2019 - 5:12 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's streets have remained so quiet since Gov. Wanda Vázquez took over as governor following weeks of turmoil that one can again hear the island's famous coquí frog singing at night. The protests that led to the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló just a week...
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August 08, 2019 - 4:43 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez's own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth take over the position. Senate President Thomas Rivera...
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Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in as Puerto Rico’s governor last week, exits after speaking at a press conference at the government mansion La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. After a sustained protest movement led to the resignation of the previous governor, the island's 3.2 million people now await the final outcome of the constitutional deadlock pitting Puerto Rico's Senate against Pierluisi. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 07, 2019 - 11:14 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take up the post after weeks of turmoil. The unanimous ruling said Pierluisi...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman testifies during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination to become the U.S. ambassador to Russia, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Huntsman has resigned from his post as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia and is planning to move back to Utah in October. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 06, 2019 - 11:34 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. has submitted his resignation, signaling the end of a stint during what he called a historically difficult time in relations between the two countries. Huntsman is planning to return to Utah amid speculation that he may again run for...
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Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz sits in his chair at the Senate as discussions go on for the confirmation of Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi as Puerto Rico's new Governor, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, August 1, 2019. Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis as the confirmation of Pierluisi was delayed into next week, casting doubt over exactly who will become governor when Gov. Ricardo Rossello leaves office. Pierluisi's main obstacle appeared to be Rivera Schatz, who has said he won't vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 4:35 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Puerto Rico's political crisis (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The president of Puerto Rico's Senate has criticized departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for naming former congressional representative Pedro Pierluisi as the next governor and seems to be hinting...
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Proposed Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi arrives to his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, August 2, 2019. As Gov. Ricardo Rossello is expected to leave office in a few hours, the Puerto Rican House of Representatives is expected to vote on Pierluisi's confirmation Friday afternoon. If he is rejected, Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez automatically becomes governor as the next in the order of succession, even though she has said she would unwillingly accept the job. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 8:14 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The potential next governor of Puerto Rico defended himself Friday against questions about conflicts of interest that threatened to derail his confirmation and leave the island in political turmoil after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's expected 5 p.m. departure. Former...
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