Sobotka drops plan to resign, says will fire Babis

Al Jazeera

Three days after announcing that he and his government would quit, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka changed tack on Friday, saying he would instead seek the removal of his finance minister and political rival, Andrej Babis. The latest twist in Czech politics comes amid a growing row over Babis, a billionaire politician who faces questions over past business dealings but is also the most popular party leader before a parliamentary election in October. Sobotka has been in office since 2014, with his leftist CSSD sharing power in a coalition government, which includes Babis' ANO. Sobotka's backtracking came after President Milos Zeman, an ally of Babis, made it clear that he would treat the resignation as the prime minister's own - not the departure of the entire cabinet. Accusing the president of making a "joke" of the constitution, Sobotka told reporters: "In such a situation my resignation does not make any sense.


Trump repeatedly called the prime minister of Spain 'president,' and everyone is confused

Mashable

Trump held a joint presser with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday afternoon, where he spent the entire time calling the visiting world leader the "president of Spain" instead of "prime minister." SEE ALSO: John McCain just body-slammed Trumpcare and the bill's sponsor tweeted a surprising response "Good afternoon I'm greatly honored to welcome President Mariano Rajoy...of Spain...and it's a great honor to have you at the White House" Trump said in a somewhat quizzical voice. The sudden head turning reaction from Mariano Rajoy when he heard Pres. He is the Prime Minister pic.twitter.com/gPFKdegPMS Considering there's a significant difference between the two roles, people were a bit confused -- possibly even Rajoy himself, who appeared to whip his head around after first hearing Trump address him.


France's new president wastes no time: names PM, sees Merkel

Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — On his first full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron moved quickly Monday, naming 46-year-old lawmaker Edouard Philippe as his new prime minister before flying off to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.


ASEAN Leader Philippines Go Easy on China Over Sea Disputes

U.S. News

Southeast Asian leaders pose for a family photo following their retreat in the 30th ASEAN Leaders' Summit Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.