There’s been a number of prominent resignations or retirements in the political arena around the globe in recent years. Leaders have stepped down whether it be because of the loss of an election, the end of their political term or the result of crisis. But despite widespread opposition, 40 years of power and a bloody civil war that has seen thousands killed and millions displaced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
Italy, France and Germany
Leaders of the world’s largest powers leaves
New Zealand, Bulgaria, Congo
Kuwait, Armenia, Iceland
A Syrian man reacts as he sits on the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016. AFP