Current Affairs Feb 2018 - Resignations


1 - Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa's president

Jacob Zuma

South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Zuma was the country's President for the last 9 years. Mr Zuma's resignation followed weeks of intense public pressure to step down amid long-standing corruption allegations. He led the country for more than a third of its time after apartheid. The country's Parliament elected Mr Ramaphosa as the new President.

2 - Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigned

Hailemariam Desalegn

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation. He resigned amid protracted anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have died in three years of anti-government protests. He also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu is considered to be a leading candidate to take over as new Prime Minister. Hailemariam has led Ethiopia since 2012, after the death of former leader Meles Zenawi.

3 - Australia’s most-capped female player Alex Blackwell announced retirement

Alex Blackwell

Australia's most-capped female player and vice-captain Alex Blackwell announced her retirement from international and state cricket. She made her debut in an ODI against England in 2003. She represented Australia for a total of 251 matches across all three formats.

Alex led Australia to victory at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies in 2010. She was also a member of Australia's World T20 winning sides in 2012 and 2014. She has two World Cup trophies from 2005 and 2013.