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Two female cabinet ministers resign over cash scandals

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suffered a double setback after two female cabinet ministers resigned over claims they misused political funds.

Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima quit on Monday after days of allegations that they had misspent money in what opponents insisted was an attempt to buy votes.

Their departures reduce the number of women in the cabinet to three, after Abe’s widely-praised move in September to promote five to his administration, and are being seen as a blow to his gender reform drive.

“I’m the person who appointed the two. As prime minister, I take responsibility for this and deeply apologise for this situation,” Abe told reporters.

Yoichi Miyazawa, a lawmaker and nephew of former prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa, will replace Obuchi as industry minister, Abe said.

Yoko Kamikawa, a 61-year-old female politician, was named as the new justice minister.

The double resignations are the first significant problem for Abe since he swept to power in December 2012, ending years of fragile governments that swapped prime ministers on an annual basis.

Money scandals are not uncommon in Japanese politics.

The promotion of five women to his cabinet was seen as part of Abe’s bid to boost the role of women in society, a move viewed as vital to help plug the holes in Japan’s workforce and make better use of a pool of latent talent.

Sadakazu Tanigaki, secretary-general and the number two in Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, earlier said Obuchi’s resignation was “extremely regrettable.”

“As Ms Obuchi was symbolic of women having an active role, I think there will be damage (to the government),” Tanigaki told reporters.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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