The temporary U.N. Ambassador has resigned. John Bolton’s resignation is effective when his term ends, which most likely will be in January. Bolton did not receive a Senate confirmation. According to reports, Bolton’s confirmation was stuck in the Senate’s Foreign Relations committee for more than a year, as several Democrats and Republicans blocked it from moving forward. A report on CNN.com says that Bolton’s confirmation would have been less likely to occur when the Democrat-controlled Congress reconvenes in January. Some political followers say Bolton was a “hope of some clarity and sanity at the U.N.”

President George W. Bush appointed Bolton in August and, because Congress was not in session, his appointment expires when Congress reconvenes. Bush said he was, “deeply disappointed that a handful of United States senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate.”

Bush is expected to meet with Bolton and his wife today. The President wanted to find another position for Bolton, but the ambassador says he intends to leave the administration when his term expires.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Bolton “did the job he was expected to do. Annan says, “He came at a time when we had lots of tough issues from reform to issues on Iran and North Korea. I think as a representative of the U.S, givenment, he pressed ahead with the instructions he had been given and tried to work as effectively as he could.”

According to Fox News, U.N. Post Deputy Ambassador Alejandro Wolff is expected to be Bolton’s interim replacement until the Senate confirms a nominee.

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