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David Cameron leaves office humming a happy tune

LONDON - For a man who had just handed in his (two-day) notice at work, David Cameron seemed in remarkably good spirits. After announcing that he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday to make way for Theresa May, the Bri...

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street in Westminster, London, July 11, 2016.

LONDON - For a man who had just handed in his (two-day) notice at work, David Cameron seemed in remarkably good spirits.

After announcing that he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday to make way for Theresa May, the British prime minister was caught on camera humming a happy little tune.

Like many Britons, Cameron probably woke up Monday morning thinking that he had the nation's top job until Sept. 9.

But this is Britain, where an hour - never mind a week - can feel like an eternity in politics.

Cameron had previously said he would step down as leader after his pro-European Union side lost in the recent referendum on whether Britain should exit the E.U. The race to replace Cameron, however, was supposed to last through the summer. All that changed Monday when May's only remaining rival, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the contest, saying she didn't have the support of fellow lawmakers to lead a stable government.

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"I'm delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister. She is strong, she is competent, she is more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead, and she will have my full support," Cameron said shortly after Leadsom withdrew from the race.

He also confirmed a timetable for his departure.

"I expect to go to the palace and offer my resignation so we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening," he said, referring to Buckingham Palace.

Cameron, who has been prime minister since 2010, didn't take any questions after his short statement. He simply turned around and headed back into 10 Downing Street, humming a little tune before saying, "Right!," and slamming the door.

Cameron had previously said he wouldn't seek a third term as leader if the Conservatives were reelected in 2020.

"Terms are like Shredded Wheat," he once said. "Two are wonderful, but three might just be too many."

 

 

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