Kuczynski, a 78-year-old former Wall Street banker, took office nearly a year ago with plans to bolster economic growth through infrastructure development and lower taxes, but a graft scandal involving Brazilian builder Odebrecht and the worst flooding in at least 20 years have derailed those plans.
FILE - In this Friday Jan. 29, 2016, file photo Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert reacts to a loud crackling sound from the microphone amplifier when explaining the cabinet decision to extend its campaign of Dutch air strikes from Iraq into Eastern Syria during a press conference in The Hague. The Dutch caretaker defense minister and the Netherlands' military chief have resigned following a critical report into a 2016 artillery training accident that killed 2 peacekeeping troops.
Pakistan's Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has been removed from office over a newspaper leak that sparked a rift between the army and government earlier this month. "Evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of the information minister, who has been directed to step down from office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry," a statement by the prime minister's office said on Saturday. The inquiry is seeking to identify the source of an article by the English-language Dawn newspaper, published on October 6. It gave an account of a tense meeting between military and civilian officials on tackling militancy. The article, written by investigative journalist Cyril Almeida, reported some people in the government had complained at the meeting that they were being asked to do more to crack down on armed groups - yet whenever law-enforcement agencies took action, "the security establishment ... worked behind the scenes to set the arrested free".
Michelle Rowland has taken on the role as Labor's Shadow Communications Minister, following a post-election reshuffle of portfolios. It marks a return to communications for Rowland, who previously served as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications, before becoming Labor's small business spokesperson. "As a lawyer specialising in communications for over a decade before entering Parliament, I look forward to tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities for communications policy in Australia," Rowland said in a statement. "I will continue to prosecute Labor's commitment to a world-class NBN and ensure Labor's approach to many important policy debates -- including the communications regulatory framework, universal service, media ownership reform, our public broadcasters and community radio -- is grounded in evidence and what is best for all Australians, from our urban centres to regional and rural communities." Departing from the communications portfolio is Jason Clare, who will become the new Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, as well as taking on the job of Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt will lead as many as 12 cabinet ministers in defiant stand at the cabinet's weekly meeting, the report said, adding that they will call on May to insist on a system in which Britain is in control of how long it stays in any backstop customs union.