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Old 11-16-04, 01:32 PM
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Deputy Secretary of State Armitage Quits -Official

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has resigned as expected a day after his boss and close friend, Colin Powell (news - web sites), announced he was stepping down, a State Department official said on Tuesday.


Armitage, a barrel-chested former Navy officer who closely managed the day-to-day operations of the State Department's worldwide bureaucracy, tendered his resignation to Powell on Monday, the official said.


"He came in with the secretary and is leaving with him," said the official, who asked not to be identified.


Armitage was respected among diplomats and lawmakers for his candor. He was always expected to leave at the same time as Powell because of his fierce loyalty to him.


The top U.S. diplomat announced his own resignation on Monday and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) is set to be named to replace him.


"I don't think she has decided on her deputy yet," the official said.


With moderates Powell and Armitage leaving and President Bush (news - web sites) poised to elevate Rice, a close confidante who often sided with the administration's hawks, U.S. diplomacy may become more hard-edged, political analysts say.
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Old 11-16-04, 01:53 PM
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Powell's lackey had to go.
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Is anyone other than Rice staying around? How many did Clinton or Reagan lose?
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Old 11-16-04, 01:57 PM
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Is anyone other than Rice staying around? How many did Clinton or Reagan lose?
Clinton - 6, I believe - and one switched positions
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Old 11-16-04, 02:06 PM
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The top U.S. diplomat announced his own resignation on Monday and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) is set to be named to replace him.
He certainly was more respected by Democrat lawmakers than he was Republican lawmakers.
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Has anyone told Mineta that we're heading into a second term yet?
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