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Theresa May announces her resignation

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Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close.

Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve as Britain’s second female prime minister. Her voice breaking, she said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.

The prime minister listed a series of what she said were her government’s achievements, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment and boosting funding for mental health.

But she admitted: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

May’s announcement came after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee – which was prepared to trigger a second no-confidence vote in her leadership if she refused to resign.

Her fate was sealed after a 10-point “new Brexit deal”, announced in a speech on Tuesday, infuriated Tory backbenchers and many of her own cabinet – while falling flat with the Labour MPs it was meant to persuade.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, resigned on Wednesday, rather than present the Brexit bill to parliament.

A string of other cabinet ministers had also expressed concerns, including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Chris Grayling and David Mundell.

In particular, they rejected May’s promise to give MPs a vote on a second referendum as the Brexit bill passed through parliament, and implement the result – which they felt came too close to endorsing the idea.

The prime minister will remain in Downing Street, to shoulder the blame for what are expected to be dire results for her party at Thursday’s European elections – and to host Donald Trump when he visits.

The 1922 Committee will set out the terms of a leadership contest, to kick off on 7 June, which is expected to last perhaps six weeks.

The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the front-runner to be Britain’s next prime minister, but more than a dozen senior Tory figures are considering throwing their hats into the ring.

In the cabinet, Rory Stewart has already said he will stand, while Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt and Sajid Javid are all likely contenders.

May’s departure came after three years of wrangling with Brexiters on her own backbenches about what future relationship with the European Union they would be prepared to accept.

That became considerably more difficult when she lost her majority at the 2017 general election, after spearheading what was widely regarded as a disastrous campaign, promising “strong and stable leadership in the national interest”.

Brexit is likely to dominate the race to succeed May, with time increasingly tight for a new team to set out any new direction before the deadline of 31 October for Britain’s departure from the EU.

May’s longtime friend Damian Green, the former first secretary of state, defended her record on Friday.

He said: “All prime ministers, in the end, take responsibility for what happens on their watch, but I think that it’s undeniable that suddenly and unexpectedly becoming prime minister after the seismic shock of the Brexit referendum meant that she was dealt an extremely difficult hand to play.

And the truth is that having an election a year later, which cut the Conservative party’s majority, then [made it] impossible.”

Green told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The fact that parliament has not been able to get a Brexit deal through has led to the impatience, bordering into contempt, for the political class and the amount of hostility and borderline violence is something we have not known for a very very long time.”The Guardian

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Amnesty International suspends Zimbabwe branch after fraud probe

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Amnesty International Zimbabwe

Amnesty International on Thursday suspended its local branch in Zimbabwe after uncovering evidence of fraud, in the first ever such move by the rights advocacy group.

Amnesty issued a statement saying “an extensive forensic audit was conducted in late 2018 which uncovered evidence of fraud and serious financial mismanagement”.
It said that the Zimbabwe branch had been suspended from the global organisation and placed under administration and the Zimbabwean police had been informed of the audit findings.

“The decision has been made to take extraordinary measures… to protect the reputation, integrity and operation of the movement,” it added.

The London-based group gave no further details but said it would try to recover lost funds and that urgent measures had been introduced to ensure donor money was safe.

Amnesty has focused recent work in Zimbabwe on campaigning against the arrest of rights activists, promoting media freedom and calling for accountability for security forces after alleged abuses.

Last year the US cut funding to three Zimbabwean civil action groups citing “possible misuse” of money.

International rights groups in Zimbabwe have often been accused by state media of working on behalf of foreign countries to help the main opposition MDC party to overthrow the government.AFP

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announces new Cabinet

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the composition of the national executive.

He revealed that the number of Cabinet portfolios would be trimmed down from 36 to 28.

The president reduced 14 ministries to seven, namely:

· Trade and Industry was combined with Economic Development

· Higher Education and Training was combined with Science and Technology

· Environmental Affairs was combined with Forestry and Fisheries

· Agriculture was combined with Land Reform and Rural Development

· Mineral Resources was combined with Energy

· Human Settlements was combined with Water and Sanitation

· Sports and Recreation was combined with Arts and Culture

MINISTERS AND DEPUTIES

· The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is Thoko Didiza.

· The Deputy Ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.

· The Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.

· The Deputy Minister is Dr Regina Mhaule.

· The Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

· The Deputy Minister is Pinky Kekana.

· The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

· The Deputy Ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.

· The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

· The Deputy Minister is Thabang Makwetla.

· The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is Barbara Creecy.

· The Deputy Minister is Maggie Sotyu.

· The Minister of Employment and Labour is Thulas Nxesi.

· The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.

· The Minister of Finance is Tito Mboweni.

· The Deputy Minister is Dr David Masondo.

· The Minister of Health is Dr Zwelini Mkhize.

· The Deputy Minister is Dr Joe Phaahla.

· The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is Dr Blade Nzimande.

· The Deputy Minister is Buti Manamela.

· The Minister of Home Affairs is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

· The Deputy Minister is Njabulo Nzuza.

· The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu.

· The Deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.

· The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is Dr Naledi Pandor.

· The Deputy Ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

· The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Ronald Lamola.

· The Deputy Ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.

· The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy is Gwede Mantashe.

· The Deputy Minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.

· The Minister of Police is General Bheki Cele.

· The Deputy Minister is Cassel Mathale.

· The Minister in the Presidency is Jackson Mthembu.

· The Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Thembi Siweya.

· The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

· The Deputy Minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.

· The Minister of Public Enterprises is Pravin Gordhan.

· The Deputy Minister is Phumulo Masualle.

· The Minister of Public Service and Administration is Senzo Mchunu.

· The Deputy Minister is Sindy Chikunga.

· The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is Patricia De Lille.

· The Deputy Minister is Noxolo Kiviet.

· The Minister of Small Business Development is Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

· The Deputy Minister is Rosemary Capa.

· The Minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu.

· The Deputy Minister is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.

· The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture is Nathi Mthethwa.

· The Deputy Minister is Nocawe Mafu.

· The Minister of State Security is Ayanda Dlodlo.

· The Deputy Minister is Zizi Kodwa.

· The Minister of Tourism is Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane.

· The Deputy Minister is Fish Mahlalela.

· The Minister of Trade and Industry is Ebrahim Patel.

· The Deputy Ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.

· The Minister of Transport is Fikile Mbalula.

· The Deputy Minister is Dikeledi Magadzi.EWN

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US issues travel warning for Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Shut down

The United States has issued a warning to its citizens in Zimbabwe over possible civil unrest in the southern African country.

The US issued the travel advisory on Tuesday warning that “violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion, is common”.

It urged those deciding to travel to Zimbabwe to stay alert and avoid openly displaying cash, stay away from political rallies, demonstrations and crowds, as well as monitor local media for breaking events and to be prepared to adjust plans”.

Americans were also urged to carry a copy of their passport and visa, while ensuring the originals are kept safe at their accommodation facilities, and also to keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.

The warning comes as tensions mount in the face of unending fuel shortages, crippling power cuts, the rising cost of living, runaway inflation and continued price hikes of basic commodities and increasing transport costs.

Zimbabwe experienced a wave of violent protests in mid-January after the government increased the prices of petrol and diesel, from $1.33 to $3.34 in local currency for petrol and $1.20 to $3.20 for diesel. African News Agency

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