Friday, May 11, 2007

Christians React as Blair Announces Departure from Office
by Maria Mackay
Thursday, May 10, 2007

Christians have reacted to today's announcement from Prime Minister Tony Blair that he will leave office on 27 June after 10 turbulent years in power.

Blair told Cabinet of his plans to resign on Thursday morning before making the announcement in a speech to party members in his Sedgefield constituency.

According to the official spokesman for the Prime Minister, Blair was praised during the Cabinet meeting by his successor Gordon Brown for his “unique achievements” and “unique leadership”.
Speaking in his Sedgefield constituency, Blair admitted that his Government had not always lived up to high expectations but said he had felt very lucky to lead “the greatest nation on earth”, reports the BBC.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, issued a statement on Thursday in response to Blair's announcement.
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Archbishop of Canterbury praises Blair and bypasses Iraq ammo
By staff writers
11 May 2007

Responding to Tony Blair's announcement yesterday that he will stand down as UK Prime Minister from 27 June 2007, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams praised his commitment to a plural society - while noting deep moral divisions over the Iraq war.

Speaking from Sri Lanka, where he is on a church visit, the Anglican leaders declared: “Tony Blair has understood as well as any Prime Minister in recent times why religion matters, how faith communities contribute to the common good and why religious extremism should have no place in a progressive society."

He continued: "As a man of genuine personal faith, he has not shied away from the risk associated with confronting extremism, while respecting difference."
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