Oded Balilty, Associated Press Updated 11:40 pm PDT, Saturday, September 14, 2019 In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Blue and White party leader and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz poses for a portrait at his party headquarters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Blue and White party leader and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz poses for a portrait at his party headquarters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Image 1 of / 40 Caption Close Image 1 of 40 In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Blue and White party leader and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz poses for a portrait at his party headquarters, in Tel Aviv, Israel. In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 photo, Blue and White party leader and … [Read more...] about AP PHOTOS: Ex-army chief hoping to be Israel’s next premier
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By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's army chief of staff said on Wednesday he had no political ambitions in response to democracy activists who say that he intends to copy the authoritarian model of Egypt. The armed forces have been a pivotal power centre in Algeria for decades and have been managing a transition after mass protests forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign last month after 20 years in office. Street demonstrations have continued to press demands for a dismantling of the elite of independence veterans, security commanders and business tycoons that have run the major oil and natural gas producer since independence from France in 1962. "Everybody should know that we have no political ambitions," Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah told state television. A presidential election has been scheduled for July 4 but an informed source said on Friday it might be postponed. Algerian activists say they are concerned the army-steered transition towards democracy … [Read more...] about Algeria’s army chief says he has no political ambitions
By Lamine Chikhi and Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's army chief of staff said on Tuesday several big corruption cases would come to light in a crackdown on systemic graft, private channel Ennahar TV reported. A number of figures from the ruling elite including the finance minister, ex-prime minister and several oligarchs have come under investigation over corruption since mass protests forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign on April 2. Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah, the army chief of staff, gave no names or details on Tuesday but vowed to help the judiciary handle corruption cases freely. "The judiciary has been freed from all pressures," he said in a speech at a military base in the eastern city of Constantine. "The country will be cleansed of corruption and corrupt people." Salah spoke hours after former prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who was sacked as part of a cabinet reshuffle two days before Bouteflika resigned, appeared in court as part of a … [Read more...] about Algerian army chief says big corruption cases to be revealed
DONALD Trump has confirmed Patrick Shanahan as the Acting US Defense Secretary to replace Jim Mattis. Here’s more about the man taking over one of the most difficult White House jobs around. Who is Patrick Shanahan and how was his appointment announced? Patrick Michael Shanahan was born on June 27, 1962 and is a Washington state native. The 56-year-old served as Deputy Defense Secretary under the Donald Trump administration since July 2017, before being appointed Acting Defense Secretary on January 1, 2019. He replaced Jim Mattis, who was forced to step down two months earlier than planned after publicly rebuking President Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw troops from Syria. His departure was announced by Donald Trump in a tweet, with Shanahan’s appointment revealed in the same manner. Trump said: “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting … [Read more...] about Who is Patrick Shanahan? Acting US Defense Secretary and former Boeing executive
President Trump announced Sunday that Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense, will become acting secretary, replacing outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on New Year’s Day — two months before Mattis’s resignation was supposed to take effect.Trump’s tweet came just three days after Mattis announced he was resigning in protest over the president’s controversial decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018Shanahan, who is originally from Washington state, has been the deputy secretary of defense since July 2017. Before joining the government, Shanahan spent 32 years working for Boeing, a … [Read more...] about Who is Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting secretary of defense?