Britain PM Brown says to tender resignation to Queen

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday he intends to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II and will recommend that Conservative leader David Cameron replace him as premier.

"I've informed the Queen's private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen," he said in an emotional statement outside Downing Street alongside his wife Sarah.

"In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the opposition to seek to form a government.

"I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future."

He added it had been a "privilege to serve" the country and wished Cameron well.

"Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good," Brown said.

"I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties -- including my own."

He also paid a glowing tribute to Britain's armed forces, which are currently serving in Afghanistan.

Brown was then driven to Buckingham Palace where he is expected formally to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II.

No deal has yet been announced by the Conservatives and the third party Liberal Democrats but it is expected they will confirm some kind of accord within hours after days of talks.

Brown's Labour came second in Britain's general election Thursday which resulted in no clear majority for one party for the first time since 1974, triggering days of negotiations.

Brown said he was stepping down as Labour leader Monday but Tuesday's announcement brings the final curtain down on his political career at the highest level.

© 2010 AFP

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