Government transitions

People celebrate Armenian Prime Minister's Serzh Sargsyan's resignation in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, Monday, April 23, 2018. Sargsyan resigned unexpectedly Monday to quell massive anti-government protests over what critics feared was his effort to seize power for life. (Hrant Khactaryan/PAN Photo via AP)
April 23, 2018 - 4:26 pm
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, resigned Monday as prime minister after thousands of people poured into the streets to protest his political maneuvering to cling to power in this former Soviet republic. The stunning development touched off jubilation in the...
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Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, and former president Raul Castro, salutes, after Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Castro left the presidency after 12 years in office when the National Assembly approved Diaz-Canel's nomination as the candidate for the top government position. (Alexandre Meneghini/Pool via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 9:55 am
HAVANA (AP) — Miguel Diaz-Canel has been the presumptive next president of Cuba since 2013, when Raul Castro named the laconic former provincial official to the important post of first vice president and lauded him as "neither a novice nor an improviser," high praise in a system dedicated to...
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Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel applauds, after being elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Raul Castro left the presidency after 12 years in office when the National Assembly approved Diaz-Canel's nomination as the candidate for the top government position. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
April 19, 2018 - 11:33 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is responding to outgoing Cuban leader Raul Castro, telling him on Twitter that "we're here standing with the Cuban people." Pence tweeted in response to a quote from...
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Outgoing President Raul Castro raises his arms in celebration after Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected as the island nation's new president, at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 19, 2018. Castro passed Cuba's presidency to Diaz-Canel, putting the island's government in the hands of someone outside the Castro family for the first time in nearly six decades. He remains head of the powerful Communist Party that oversees political and social activities. (Adalberto Roque/Pool via AP)
April 19, 2018 - 9:10 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island. Castro...
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Cuba's President Raul Castro observes a monitor with he day's proceedings during the start of two-day session of the legislature, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Cuba's legislature opened the two-day session that is to elect a successor to President Castro. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
April 18, 2018 - 11:17 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created...
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April 13, 2018 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion...
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5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio meets journalists at the Quirinale presidential palace after talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Italian President Sergio Mattarella held today the second day of consultations aimed at identifying whether any party or coalition can muster support to form a government after the March 4 election produced no majority in parliament. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
April 05, 2018 - 1:27 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy's president on Thursday set up a second round of talks to form a new government as the leaders of the two most successful parties in the last election vied to control the process despite lacking a parliamentary majority. Even as both 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and right...
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April 04, 2018 - 2:52 am
ROME (AP) — Italian President Sergio Mattarella is opening formal consultations to see if any party or coalition can muster support to form a government after the country's inconclusive March 4 elections. Consultations open Wednesday with the parliament speakers followed by parties with the least...
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March 28, 2018 - 9:38 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Wednesday was poised to welcome a young, outspoken new prime minister as many in Africa's second most populous nation hoped for an end to the most severe anti-government protests in a quarter-century. The East African nation's ruling coalition late Tuesday...
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March 27, 2018 - 6:14 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling coalition late Tuesday named a chairman set to become the country's new prime minister amid the latest state of emergency in Africa's second most populous nation. The young, outspoken Abiy Ahmed is now poised to take power, as the ruling coalition and...
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