On September 1, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned abruptly after just a year in office. Lack of strong leadership has plagued Japan, even as it grapples with a host of new problems, including the rise of neighboring China and a slowdown in its $4.7 trillion economy. The resignations of both Fukuda and Abe, who led short-lived, unpopular governments, have highlighted the lack of stability here since the popular Junichiro Koizumi stepped down two years ago.
Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was removed from the office after the
On Saturday, South African President Thabo Mbeki agreed to step down following the decision of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress to fire him. He agreed to resign after the ruling party ordered him Saturday to step down, a move that could heighten turmoil in
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