The controversial US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, is to quit the post. Facing continued opposition to Bolton from key senators, President Bush is said to have reluctantly accepted his decision to leave. He will stand down when the current session of the US Congress ends, possibly at the end of the week.
Bush bypassed the normal appointment process in the Senate in August 2005, appointing Bolton during a recess. He served under a temporary appointment that would have expired in January. Observers say Bolton is tenacious and outspoken but his style was not appreciated by many of those he dealt with.