Ivory Coast: Prime minister and government resign
16 April 2022 | 7:14 pm
In an unexpected announcement, Prime Minister Patrick Achi and his Cabinet have tendered their resignation. The leader of Ivory Coast's government had held the job for a little over a year.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he had no intention of resigning over a series of lockdown-breaking gatherings at his Downing Street office and residence, pledging to get on with the job. Johnson answered questions from MPs during a combative Prime Minister's Questions session ahead of the release of an official report into allegations of partying during lockdown that could threaten his future as prime minister.
The resignations come as Boris Johnson is battling to hold onto his position as British prime minister following reports of illegal parties during a coronavirus lockdown.
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