British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is ready to hit the (retirement) road. And his decision could have some obvious political incentives behind it. The New York Times reports:
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that he will resign -- but first hopes to broker a pact with the third-place Liberal Democrats to keep his Labour Party in office as part of a coalition government.
Brown said his Labour Party, which came a distant second in Thursday's national election, would begin a leadership contest to replace him as he focused on talks with the Liberal Democrats aimed at breaking Britain's election deadlock.
Brown's comments came as the Conservatives, who won the most seats but not a majority, were already holding talks with the Liberal Democrats. Some lawmakers said those talks had stalled over differences on key issues, including reform of the voting system.