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Rumsfeld resigning, to be replaced by former CIA Directer

Published 08/11/2006

US President George Bush replaced Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today, one day after Republicans absorbed heavy losses in elections shaped by public opposition to the war in Iraq.

Bush said he would nominate Bob Gates, a former CIA director, to succeed Rumsfeld at the Pentagon.

Asked whether there would be a new direction in a war that has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 US troops and thousands of Iraqis, Bush replied, ``Well, there's certainly going to be new leadership at the Pentagon.''

He disclosed he had spoken with Gates last Sunday, two days before congressional elections in which Democrats swept to control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.

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