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Blair bows out as Brown replaces him

Blair bows out as Brown replaces him

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LONDON - Tony Blair ended his decade as Britain's engaging but increasingly beleaguered prime minister Wednesday in an emotional farewell to the House of Commons that ended with the installation of Gordon Brown as the new head of government.

"I wish everyone, friend or foe, well. And that is that - the end," Blair said as members of Parliament rose in a rare eruption of applause. Several lawmakers wiped back tears, and even David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader known for his bruising and rollicking debates with Blair, called his backbenchers to their feet as the 54-year-old premier walked from the chamber.


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