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Brown Poised to Emerge from Blair's Shadow

Once British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced he would be stepping down in June, the ruling Labor Party began the process of finding a successor. But there is little suspense about the process — Finance Minister Gordon Brown is the sole legitimate candidate.

In fact, Brown has such a stranglehold on the succession that his party is struggling to find an opponent for him.

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Rob Gifford
Rob Gifford is the NPR foreign correspondent based in Shanghai.