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Blair vows to serve full term
Updated: 2004-05-29 23:18

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he would lead his Labor Party into the next election expected in 2005, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Saturday.

"Am I up for doing it? Yes I am," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Confronting those who say he must pledge to serve a full term if he stands at the next election, Blair said, "The reason I try to answer that carefully is you always end up with headlines saying I am going on, and on, and on."

Blair's remarks came after mounting speculation about his resignation as his public trust and popularity have plummeted since the Iraq war last year.

A poll published Saturday in the Daily Telegraph newspaper showed that 41 percent of the questioned wanted Blair to resign immediately and a further 18 percent believed that he should go before the next election.

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