May 4, 1997 |
Prime Minister Tony Blair completed a Cabinet of Labor Party friends and allies here Saturday on his first full day in office, as the British government smoothly slipped into new leadership after nearly two decades of Conservative Party rule. There were few surprises as the 43-year-old Blair, getting down to work at 10 Downing St., filled the last posts in the 22-member Cabinet.
October 1, 2002 |
An official who already serves as the minister for economics and fiscal policy will take on responsibility for cleaning up Japan's banking sector as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi responds to growing international pressure to revive the economy. As part of a Cabinet shakeup Monday, Koizumi fired a top economic advisor who had balked at instituting aggressive financial reform measures. He reappointed a dozen ministers, including most of those holding key posts.
May 23, 1997 |
President Laurent Kabila today announced the partial formation of a government that places most power in his own hands while eliminating the post of prime minister, setting the stage for angry confrontations with opposition supporters. The late-night announcement ended Etienne Tshisekedi's chances of holding the prime minister's job he had demanded. "It's a presidential system," the new information minister, Raphael Genda, said at a news conference.
May 21, 2002 |
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon abruptly fired four of his Cabinet members from the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party Monday night after they helped to narrowly defeat the government's own emergency economic plan in the Israeli parliament. A political storm that threatened to shake the foundations of Sharon's broad-based government erupted when Shas, Israel's third-largest party, voted against the plan to slash about $2.7 billion from the budget, saying it would hurt the poor.
January 30, 2007 |
Israel installed the first Muslim Cabinet minister in its 58-year history, with parliament approving his appointment 59 to 23. The government billed Raleb Majadele's appointment as a step toward equality for Muslim Arabs, Israel's largest minority. But hard-liners said the move was little more than political expediency, and Arab lawmakers dismissed the development, saying the government has little real interest in improving the lot of Israel's Arabs.
October 28, 1998 |
Prime Minister Tony Blair's government suffered a major blow when Welsh Secretary Ron Davies suddenly resigned after an incident in a London park that left the nation guessing exactly what had happened. Davies said he had embarrassed the government by becoming the innocent victim of a crime when he was attacked and robbed by a man whom he befriended while out for a late-night walk. Blair's spokesman said Davies had "denied that this was anything to do with any sort of sexual encounter."
December 31, 2007 |
Former communist rebels rejoined Nepal's government, ending a political crisis that began when the ex-guerrillas walked out of a ruling coalition three months ago. Five ex-rebels were appointed ministers by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala as part of an agreement to end the crisis, Chief Secretary Bhojraj Ghimire said. The five are to take an oath of office today.
January 3, 1998 |
The Cabinet minister responsible for law enforcement was identified as the father of a teenager who allegedly sold hashish to a newspaper reporter. "My son went voluntarily with me to the police. He did not and should not expect any favors from the legal process," Home Secretary Jack Straw said, after a judge lifted an order barring newspapers from identifying the suspect, 17-year-old William Straw. The elder Straw, who serves a role similar to that of the U.S.
September 8, 1986 |
Japan's outspoken education minister was dismissed today after his remarks on Tokyo's 1910 annexation of Korea sparked a diplomatic dispute with Seoul, the government announced. Masayuki Fujio had been in office for 49 days, which were marked by a series of controversial statements. Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone decided to expel Fujio from the cabinet after the minister refused to step down voluntarily, Chief Cabinet Secretary Masaharu Gotoda said.
May 15, 2011 |
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad escalated an unusually public confrontation within the country's leadership Saturday by firing three Cabinet ministers, defying Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his loyalists, who had warned him the move would be unconstitutional. Ahmadinejad accepted the resignation of the ministers of oil, welfare, and mines and industries as part of a plan to reshape the government by eventually merging eight of the country's ministries into four, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency and letters posted to his own website.