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Nepal’s PM Agrees to Resign After Deal to Avert Crises

Saturday May 29, 2010

Nepalese Prime Minister Madav Kumar Nepal attends parliament in Kathmandu. He has agreed to resign, as the country's three main parties prepared to form a power-sharing government following a deal to avert a political crisis. –AFP Photo

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s prime minister has agreed to resign, his spokesman said Saturday, as the country’s three main parties prepared to form a power-sharing government following a deal to avert a political crisis.

Madhav Kumar Nepal said he would step down in a last-minute bid to secure the support of Maoist lawmakers for a bill to extend parliament’s term, which was due to end Friday and leave the country without a functioning legislature.

The opposition Maoist party won elections in 2008 and took power for nine months, abolishing Nepal’s 240-year-old Hindu monarchy and turning the country into a secular republic.

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Why Did German President Horst Koehler Resign?

Monday May 31, 2010

By Oana Lungescu, BBC News Berlin

When Horst Koehler became the first non-politician to be elected German president in 2004, one newspaper ran a headline which read, “Horst Who?”

When the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss castigated financial markets as a “monster that must be tamed,” tabloids dubbed him “Super-Horst”.

But after his shock resignation just one year into a second term, the question in the German media now is: “Horst, why?”

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was surprised when Mr Koehler phoned her just two hours before stepping down. She tried to change his mind, but failed. So she paid tribute to a popular president who “had won over people’s hearts”.

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Japan PM Hatoyama Resigns

Wednesday June 2, 2010

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his powerful ruling party No. 2 quit on Wednesday to try to boost the party’s fortunes in an election next month, less than a year after sweeping to power with promises of change.

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Brown Resigns as UK Prime Minister

Tuesday May 11, 2010

Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.  Mr Brown is on his way to officially tender his resignation to the Queen, and recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron should succeed him.

Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been “a privilege” and wished his successor well.

His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government.

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UK Minister Resigns Amid Scandal

Sunday May 30, 2010

David Laws, Britain’s chief treasury secretary, has resigned after admitting he claimed tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers to rent rooms in homes owned by his long-term partner.

Laws announced his resignation on Saturday after apologising for channeling what the UK’s Daily Telegraph reported to be £40,000 (over $57,000) to James Lundie, saying he would immediately pay back the money.

“I do not see how I can carry out my crucial work on the budget and spending review while I have to deal with the private and public implications of recent revelations,” Laws said at a press conference in London.

Laws, a millionaire former banker and member of the Liberal Democrat junior coalition partners, said he had not disclosed the financial arrangement because of “my desire to keep my sexuality secret”.

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Chad Prime Minister Resigns

March 5, 2010

N’DJAMENA, March 5 (Reuters) – Chadian Prime Minister Youssouf Saleh Abbas, whose government has been rocked by embezzlement scandals, has resigned, the presidency said on Friday.

A statement from President Idriss Deby’s office noted the resignation but gave no reason for the move.

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Belgian Prime Minister Resignation Accepted

April 26, 2010

The king of Belgium accepted the resignation of Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme Monday, the government press office told CNN.

The acceptance of his resignation signals the collapse of Leterme’s government.

The prime minister offered to step down after a Flemish liberal party withdrew from a coalition government, according to news reports.

Myanmar Military Leaders Resign to Take Part in Elections

April 28, 2010

(CNN) — Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein and several other ministers resigned from their military posts Monday so they can take part in the country’s upcoming elections.

The list of resignations comprised of the prime minister, nine other ministers and four deputy ministers, a military official inside Myanmar told CNN.

The country’s military junta keeps a tight restriction on information, and the official did not want to be identified.

Even though the country’s leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, has signaled that transition would soon be under way, he has given no date for the upcoming national elections — the first such vote in two decades.

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