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Tony Blair says he will make 'definitive' statement on stepping down next week

Tony Blair says he will make 'definitive' statement on stepping down next week

Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that he will next week spell out his timetable for stepping down after a decade in office.
"I will make my position clear next week. I will say something definitive then," Blair told breakfast show GMTV.
Blair said last year that he would resign by this autumn and it has long been thought he would announce his departure soon after reaching Tuesday's milestone of 10 years in power. Blair's Labour Party was elected on May 1, 1997, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.
Blair said Treasury chief Gordon Brown _ his longtime friend, rival and likely successor _ would make "a great prime minister."
"One of the things I very much hope will be part of the legacy of the government is the strongest economy in the Western world which he has been responsible for," Blair said. "I have always said about him that he would make a great prime minister and I believe that."


Updated : 2021-03-09 19:24 GMT+08:00