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Gordon Brown to Resign as UK Prime Minister

This morning, Gordon Brown announced that he would be resigning as Prime Minister by September. His resignation follows the general election last week which resulted in a hung parliament despite the Conservative Party winning the most seats. Brown stepping down as the leader of the Labour Party will lead to another election for a new Prime Minister.

Brown’s resignation marks an attempt by the Labour Party to work with the Liberal Democrats to form a government following the election. Until the announcement today, much of the talk had been of the Conservatives working with the Liberal Democrats but the news today significantly changes any plans.

From the The New York Timeshere:

“I have no desire to stay in my position longer than is needed to ensure the path to economic growth is assured and the process of political reform we have agreed moves forward quickly,” Brown said.

“As leader of my party I must accept that that (the election result) is a judgment on me. I therefore intend to ask the Labour Party to set in train the processes needed for its own leadership election,” he said.

Here is a report on Brown’s statement from the BBC:

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