A friend asked me last night if PMs in other countries resign.
Four months after forming a government, Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme has resigned in July 2008 , recognising his failure to reach a compromise over requests from Flanders to transfer more powers to the regions. (http://www.euractiv.com/en/elections/belgium-pm-resigns-throwing-country-crisis/article-174245)
Japan's unpopular prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, announced his resignation Monday 15, September, 2008 after less than a year in office. Fukuda, in a hastily arranged news conference Monday evening, said he was stepping down to avoid a "political vacuum" at the head of the world's second-largest economy. "My decision is based on what I thought the future political situation ought to be," Fukuda said. The 72-year-old has suffered from chronically low support ratings as he presided over a parliament split between the ruling party and the opposition.
Togo's prime minister has resigned in September 2008 after less than one year in office. A statement from the president's office gives no reason for Prime Minister Komla Mally's unexpected departure late Friday. The statement was read on national television Saturday. It says President Faure Gnassingbe has accepted Mally's resignation. Independent newspapers in Togo have accused the premier of lacking initiative and of being ineffective.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert intends to hand his resignation letter to President Shimon Peres the day after the September 17 Kadima primary and ask him to entrust the new party leader with forming a new government, Olmert's associates said Wednesday night. They spoke soon after the prime minister had made a somber speech at his official residence in Jerusalem in which he announced that he would not seek to retain the leadership.