Current Affairs in Short: 24 May 2019
YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to take oath as the new Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister on May 30.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns after Brexit failure
• UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced on May 24, 2019 that she would step down as the leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s prime minister, after repeatedly failing to get her Brexit plan through the UK Parliament.
• In her public address, May said that it was in the best interests of the nation to choose a new prime minister, who will lead them through the Brexit process.
• She announced plans to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, with the process to replace her beginning the following week.
• “I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that,” May stated, adding that she had done everything she could to convince MPs to back that deal.
Jagan Mohan Reddy to soon take oath as Andhra Pradesh CM
• YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to take oath as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30, 2019.
• The YSR Congress trumped over Naidu’s TDP in Andhra Pradesh assembly elections by winning 151 out of the total 175 seats. The TDP has been reduced to just 23 seats.
• CM and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu conceded defeat and submitted his resignation to the Andhra Pradesh Governor on May 23.
• Reddy is the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajashekhara Reddy, who died in a chopper crash in 2009, while being in office.
Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as South African president
• The South African lawmakers on May 22, 2019 re-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa for another term.
• The Members of Parliament from the African National Congress chose the head of state in the parliament's first post-election sitting.
• The African National Congress party won 230 out of 400 seats in the election on May 8.
• However, it won the ballot with 57.5 per cent of the vote, its thinnest majority since the end of apartheid.
• Ramaphosa, who is also the leader of the ANC, was elected without contest and will be officially inaugurated on May 25.
PM Modi no more Chowkidar on Twitter
• A day after his mammoth victory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped the prefix Chowkidar from his twitter handle.
• The Prime Minister explained that he would be dropping the name, but it would remain an integral part of him.
• The Prime Minister said that Chowkidar has become a powerful symbol to safeguard India from the evils of casteism, communalism, corruption and cronyism.
• With the move, he also urged rest of the nation to drop the name as well.
India’s Shyam Saran to be conferred with Japan's Rising Sun award
• Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran will be conferred with Japan's second highest national award, 'Order of the Rising Sun', for his contributions to strengthen the strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.
• The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star will be conferred upon 72-year-old Saran during Japan’s 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations, as per announcement by Government of Japan on May 21.
• Saran, who was India's Foreign Secretary during 2004-2006, has played an important role to elevate Japan-India relationship to strategic partnership, the Embassy of Japan said in a statement.
• During his tenure, the then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited India for the first time in 5 years.
• 'The Order of the Rising Sun' is a Japanese government honour established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji.