Political resignations

Designate premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech after a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Italy's president has given the recently resigned premier, Giuseppe Conte, a fresh mandate to see if he can cobble together a new government backed by the populist 5-Star Movement and center-left Democrats. (Alessandro Di Met/ANSA via AP)
August 29, 2019 - 1:03 pm
ROME (AP) — Ex-Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte accepted the role of premier-designate on Thursday in a bid to cobble together a new government of long-time political foes with the common aim of blocking a power grab by Matteo Salvini, the right-wing leader whose anti-migrant crackdowns and...
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Anti Brexit protestors wave their flags opposite Parliament in London, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Political opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament is crystalizing, with protests around Britain and a petition to block the move gaining more than 1 million signatures.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
August 29, 2019 - 1:02 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6 p.m. Finland says it will continue to pay state pensions to recipients residing in Britain for up to one year after the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union in the case of a no-deal Brexit. The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and...
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Designate premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech after a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Italy's president has given the recently resigned premier, Giuseppe Conte, a fresh mandate to see if he can cobble together a new government backed by the populist 5-Star Movement and center-left Democrats. (Alessandro Di Met/ANSA via AP)
August 29, 2019 - 5:54 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on efforts to form a new Italian government (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Italy's new premier-designate Giuseppe Conte says he will work hard to give the country a solid government, as Rome faces key decisions in a delicate political phase. Italian president Sergio Mattarella...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2019 - 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. "I know this isn't...
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U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Topeka, Kan. Watkins is getting heat from some frustrated constituents who want him to publicly endorse tougher gun-control measures in the wake of recent mass shootings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
August 27, 2019 - 6:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday urged the state treasurer to drop his Senate bid and instead challenge freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary, arguing the move would help "nominate a candidate that can win." Colyer's public opposition to a...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., asks a question of Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell during a House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Duffy, who represents northern Wisconsin in Congress, is resigning in September 2019. Duffy posted on his Facebook page Monday that he was resigning on Sept. 23 to spend more time with his family. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 26, 2019 - 5:41 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was on the cast of MTV's "The Real World" before he went into politics, announced Monday that he is resigning from his Wisconsin congressional seat to spend more time with his family. Duffy, 47,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Italian Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini kisses a rosary as Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate in Rome. For months now, Salvini, a divorced father of two children by two different women, has been kissing rosaries, invoking the Madonna and quoting St. John Paul II at political rallies in a bid to rally Italian Catholics behind his nationalist message. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 22, 2019 - 12:51 pm
ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...
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Protesters with banners calling on Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro to quit over allegations that his deputy encouraged an online hate campaign against defiant judges in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The deputy, Lukasz Piebiak, has resigned over the allegations but said they were libel that he will take to court. The banner reads "Ziobro Must Go". (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 21, 2019 - 9:44 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish judges on Wednesday urged lawmakers to investigate an online hate campaign against some of them that was apparently encouraged by a deputy justice minister who has resigned over the allegations. The judges of the independent Iustitia association also demanded that...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. The mayor of Philadelphia says on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that Ross is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department. Mayor Jim Kenney says that Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city as a whole and that he's disappointed to lose him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
August 20, 2019 - 10:07 pm
Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross...
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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, center, is congratulated at the end of his address to the Senate, in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has told senators he’s handing in his resignation because his right-wing coalition partner has yanked its support for the populist government. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 8:12 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday amid the collapse of the 14-month-old populist government, raising the possibility of new elections in the fall that could bring to power the anti-migrant interior minister who engineered Conte's downfall. Addressing the Senate, Conte...
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