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Reports: Blair to Leave Office in '07

 

 

Sunday May 14, 2006 11:01 PM

 

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LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair has told ministers that he plans to leave office in the summer of 2007, according to news reports Sunday.

 

Blair has said he plans to serve a full third term, but this week reassured lawmakers from his governing Labour Party that he would step aside in time for his successor to settle into office before the next general election, expected in 2009.

 

The Independent on Sunday newspaper said a Cabinet minister, asked whether Blair had said he would go next summer, responded: ``I'm not going to tell you exactly what Tony said but I wouldn't disagree with that.''

 

The newspaper quoted another unidentified minister as saying that ``almost half the Cabinet'' has now been given private assurances about a departure date by Blair.

 

Blair's office refused to comment on the reports on Sunday, and Blair is refusing to confirm the arrangement in public because he fears the main opposition Conservative Party will start a countdown, the newspaper said.

 

The prime minister's battle to shift the spotlight away from his political intentions intensified after his Labour Party placed third in local elections earlier this month.

 

The Mail on Sunday said senior government sources reported that Blair told Treasury chief Gordon Brown, his likely successor, in February that he would resign in July 2007.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/stor...5821825,00.html

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whatever you say man. you call Bush a lame duck? you may disagree with him, but by defintion he is far from a lame duck. We have a war going on and there are real controversial issues popping up each day. Regardless if you disagree or agree with his policies, he's definetely far from a lame duck.

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whatever you say man. you call Bush a lame duck? you may disagree with him, but by defintion he is far from a lame duck. We have a war going on and there are real controversial issues popping up each day. Regardless if you disagree or agree with his policies, he's definetely far from a lame duck.

 

He's at 29 percent approval, and he has failed to get anything passed that he wanted to. How is that not a lame duck? Only Tricky Dick had worse numbers than him, and that may not last.

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