blair to quit within year

from reuters: British Prime Minister Tony Blair moved to end a growing revolt in his Labour Party on Thursday by pledging to quit within a year but failed to silence critics who say a speedy change of leader is needed to win back voters.

Blair was forced to give his clearest indication on when he would stand down after nearly a decade in power and three election victories by a week of government resignations and calls from former allies for him to go…

Blair’s popularity has tumbled in opinion polls after government scandals over sleaze and mismanagement were compounded by controversy over the wars in Iraq and Lebanon.

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