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    LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II confirmed Gordon Brown as Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday, following the resignation of Tony Blair.


    The ex-treasury chief smiled broadly following a meeting at Buckingham Palace, during which the queen asked him to form a new government.

    Earlier, Blair submitted his resignation to the queen. With his wife, Cherie, he waved to reporters and then traveled to his constituency in northern England.

    Blair received a warm sendoff in the House of Commons, from his opponents as well as members of his own Labour party, after one final appearance at the weekly question time session.

    “I wish everyone — friend or foe — well. And that is that. The end,” he said.

    Legislators rose to their feet and applauded as he left for his meeting with the queen. Some, including Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, wiped away tears.


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    Blair also used the session to say he was sorry for the perils faced by British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he gave no apology for his decisions to back the United States in taking military action.

    Blair expressed condolences to the families of the fallen, this week including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

    “I am truly sorry about the dangers that they face today in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Blair said.

    “I know some may think that they face these dangers in vain; I don’t and I never will. I believe they are fighting for the security of this country and the wider world against people who would destroy our way of life,” he said.

    “Whatever view people take of my decisions, I think there is only way view to take of them: they are the bravest and the best,” Blair added.

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