Resignation announcement a 'mistake': Blair
British Prime Minister has said that his early announcement of not serving a fourth term in office was a mistake.
"It was an unusual thing to say, but people kept asking me the question so I decided to answer it. Maybe that was a mistake," said Blair, who is currently on a visit to Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
In London, Downing Street said that Blair meant it was a mistake to hope that the announcement, made before the last general election in June, would end speculation about when he would go.
The timing of Blair's departure and an expected handover of power to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been the subject of fierce speculation since Blair revealed his intention.
Blair has said he would stay until the end of the present third term, which he won last June.
But pressure on him has increased sharply since the recent furore over party funding by huge business loans and the war in Iraq.
While some commentators said Blair's remarks could be read as a "fightback," others insisted they would weaken his credibility further.