How graceful of his eminence. He "steps down".
Now THIS recalcitrant bastard will stay, regardless of popular opinion! Won't leave! Bad Dictator!
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This game has been played for years. Treat those who are sympathetic to the journo's cause with reverence, and those who aid the journo's enemies with disdain in the headline.
In this particular case, you can see where the sympathies lie quite clearly- one dictator is gently stepping out of the way, the other is stubbornly refusing to leave. Guess who is liked more by the writers /editors ?