British Prime Minister Tony Blair Stepping Down

(WVLT) - One of President Bush's major allies in the Iraq war, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has announced he is stepping down.

Blair announced he will resign on June 27th after a decade in office.

During that time, Blair brokered peace in Northern Ireland and followed the U.S. to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Blair will leave office as soon as his labor party elects a new leader.

Treasury Chief Gordon Brown is Blair's likely successor.

Today's announcement had been expected for nearly three years.

Blair said in 2004 that his third term as Prime Minister would be his last.

He told supporters that ten year was "long enough for me, but more especially for the country."

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