• After returning to Chile, Bachelet became a pediatrician and then entered politics, serving as minister of health and as minister of defense before winning the presidency.

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  • Carl Bildt, the foreign minister of Sweden, which holds the EU presidency, said new proposals from the European Commission would be discussed by foreign ministers in October.

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  • The man in charge of the Luxembourg presidency will be the prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, the youngest of the European summiteers and one of the brightest.

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  • The ceremony was opened by the Minister of Foreign Relations, Mr Luis Almagro, the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Ricardo Ehrlich, Mr Alberto Breccia Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay, Ms Graciela Jorge, Executive Secretary of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay and Mr Jorge Grandi Director of UNESCO Montevideo.


  • She backed the appointment of relative lightweights for both the EU presidency and the foreign minister's job created by the Lisbon treaty.

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  • LDP, the amiable Mr Obuchi is widely seen as a useful compromise candidate for the party presidency—which carries with it the job of prime minister.

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  • Wexler traveled to Israel multiple times in the early months of Obama's presidency, to pressure Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to submit to Obama's demand and embrace the cause of Palestinian statehood.


  • His prime minister, Ruud Lubbers, aspired to the presidency of the European Commission.

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  • Mr. Prime Minister, yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, and it is fitting that you and India be so recognized. (Applause.) This visit reflects the high esteem in which I and the American people hold your wise leadership.

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  • The first six months of this year, when Spain held the rotating presidency of the European Union, was supposed to be the moment when the prime minister could enjoy the limelight.

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  • As to the secret funds, set up over 50 years ago and totalling FFr394m for this year, they have their place, he thinks: just over half goes to run the secret services, the rest being shared between the presidency and the prime minister's office to boost (in crisp cash) the pay packets of the supposedly overworked and underpaid, from senior ministerial advisers down to secretaries and cooks.

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  • One minister muttered darkly about efforts to destabilise France ahead of its presidency of the G20 later this year.

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  • Effective power ebbed away from the presidency and into the hands of the new prime minister, Yevgeny Primakov—a former intelligence chief whose background as a loyal Soviet functionary sent a reassuring message to communists and the military.

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  • In South Africa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela , former minister and former wife of Nelson Mandela, was nominated as a candidate for the deputy presidency of the African National Congress.

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  • In terms of experience, there could surely be no better candidate than Edouard Balladur, prime minister from 1993 to 1995 and a past rival of Mr Chirac's for the presidency.

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  • Many of you were here when I was honored to become the first President to help celebrate Diwali -- the Festival of Lights. (Applause.) Some of you were here for the first White House celebration of the birth of the founder of Sikhism -- Guru Nanak. (Applause.) Tonight, we gather again, for the first state dinner of my presidency -- with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mrs.

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  • Popular anger has been rising over his failure to keep a campaign promise of a new constitution, taking some powers away from the over-mighty presidency and creating a new post of executive prime minister.

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  • But the first and perhaps the biggest test for Finland's next prime minister, whoever he is, will come when the country embarks on its first presidency of the European Union in the second half of this year.

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