British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to formally announce his resignation tomorrow and anoint Chancellor Gordon Brown as his successor Friday. The Guardian reports he won't actually step down until July, but the announcement will signal the end of the Blair era and begin a divisive process of choosing the next Prime Minister.
There will be no general election. A successor will be chosen by a vote among Labor party members and MPs. Blair leaves office with the once floundering Conservative Party gaining popularity. David Cameron, the Conservative leader, described Labor as "the government of the living dead " and Gordon Brown as "the wrong end of the pantomime horse."