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Date published: 2006/01/07

The BBC says:

Embattled Republican politician Tom DeLay will not attempt to reclaim his post as majority leader of the US House of Representatives, officials say.

Mr DeLay was forced to step aside temporarily after he was indicted in Texas on a campaign finance case.

The politician is accused of laundering corporate contributions for use in Republican campaigns in the state.

He has maintained his innocence and had until now said he intended to resume his leadership post once cleared.

His decision to quit clears the way for Republicans to choose a new leader to represent them in the House of Representatives.

Mr DeLay, a close ally of President George W Bush, was one of the most powerful politicians in Washington before his indictment in September.

In a letter to Republicans he said he "had always acted in an ethical manner".

But he could not "allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention," he wrote, quoted by the Associated Press new agency.

Mr DeLay's spokesman said the politician would retain his seat in the House, Reuters news agency reported.

The current Republican scum running Congress are even more corrupt than the previous generation of Democrats who ran Congress for decades. And DeLay is perhaps the worst of all of them, so it's particularly amusing for him to claim he "had always acted in an ethical manner". These people belong in prison, not on Capitol Hill.

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