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Arnie leaves political spotlight

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63 on Monday stepped down as California "Governator", defending his record to the last - and keeping fans and others guessing about his next move.

world Updated: Jan 04, 2011 00:32 IST

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63 on Monday stepped down as California "Governator", defending his record to the last - and keeping fans and others guessing about his next move.

After seven years at the helm of the Golden State, the former champion body builder turned Terminator movie megastar and businessman is leaving his adopted home mired in huge financial woes. But as he prepared to hand over power to Democrat Jerry Brown two months after November 2 polls - Arnie stood by all his decisions.

"History will be the final judge of my administration's record," he said in his last weekly radio address. "But I leave office proud of what we have accomplished."

Many are watching closely to see what the he will do next - notably whether he will return to the movies.

"Will I still have the patience to sit on the set and to do a movie for three months or for six months, all of those things? I don't know," he tweeted in October.