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Australian PM Refuses To Cede Power, Offers Possible Second Leadership Ballot

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Australian PM Refuses To Cede Power

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stubbornly clung to power on Thursday as senior ministers deserted him, saying he would hold a second leadership vote on Friday only if he received a letter signed by the majority of the ruling party.

Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton narrowly lost a challenge against Turnbull on Tuesday and has declared he would again contest a Liberal party leadership vote, while Australian media reported the country’s treasurer and foreign minister will also be candidates if a vote is called.

Key Turnbull supporter Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Turnbull no longer had majority party support and that Dutton was now the best person to lead the conservative government to the next election, due by May 2019.

Several ministers have tendered their resignation. The leadership crisis saw the government adjourn parliament on Thursday until September.

Turnbull said if he received a letter requesting a fresh vote with the signatures of 43 Liberal Party lawmakers, he would call a party meeting for midday Friday (0200 GMT). If a leadership spill motion was then passed, he would not stand in the vote.

Australian media reported on Thursday that Treasurer Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will contest for the top job if a meeting is convened.

Morrison has been a Turnbull supporter, but has reportedly long held ambitions on the prime ministership.

Bishop, foreign minister for almost five years, has been deputy leader of the Liberal Party since 2007.

Whoever emerges as Australia’s next prime minister, they will become the country’s sixth prime minister in less than a decade. None of those, which includes two stints for Labor leader Kevin Rudd, have served a full term in office.

“Australians will be rightly appalled by what they are witnessing in their parliament,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

The political revolving door has angered and frustrated voters and the business sector.

The political uncertainty clouded the outlook for investors who punished the Australian dollar, sending it 0.9 percent lower to $0.7283. The Aussie was the worst performing major currency on Thursday.

Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent.

“For everybody in the country what is happening in Canberra is disappointing and frustrating. Business likes certainty and confidence in what happens in the future. Anytime we see uncertainty like what is happening in Canberra it is not helpful,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

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Somalia Lawmakers Plan To Impeach President

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Somalia Lawmakers Plan To Impeach President

Somali’s top official said on members of parliament had filed a motion with the speaker of the house to impeach the country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi.

The are accusing him of secretly signing agreements with other countries including Ethiopia and Eritrea. The agreements touched on the use of Somali ports and economic and security cooperation, it said.

He was also accused of illegally extraditing alleged criminals to other countries and violating Somalia’s federalism law and the rules and regulations of parliament.

Somalia’s parliament has 275 lawmakers in total. A successful impeachment vote requires the backing of two thirds of all MPs.

Constitutionally, 92 lawmakers have to sign such a motion for it to be submitted to the speaker.

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President Buhari Promises Not To Complain About Inherited Problems

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President Buhari Promises Not To Complain About Inherited Problems

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerian citizens living in Poland that he would no longer complain about problems his administration inherited from the previous government.  He says belly-aching over the country’s history of corruption and mismanagement of resources has not helped his administration much.  He says he would now face the challenges head on.

President Buhari is in Krakow, Poland, attending the COP24 summit on climate change.  The President told the Nigerian diasporans he felt lucky to have won the presidency on the fourth try.  He said it’s a job for which he asked; so, he won’t complain.

The President told his audience security of Nigerians, the environment and the institutions are his administration’s top priorities.  He referred to the Boko Haram group that was holding seventeen local government areas when he took office.  He says now, Boko Haram holds no local government area.

He said it has not been easy to fund the war against terror.

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EFCC Finds Evidence In Jonah Jang Trial Case

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EFCC Finds Evidence In Jonah Jang Trial Case

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced properties worth N500 million to former plateau state governor Jonah Jang.

EFCC acting spokesman Tony Orilade, says the properties are located in Kaduna state.

Orilade said preliminary investigation has revealed that the properties were purchased from new capital properties limited, a subsidiary of Northern Nigerian Development Company (NNDC) in Kaduna.

Jang is standing trial on a 12-count charge of diversion of public funds.

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