British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will appear at a public inquiry into the Iraq war ahead of the upcoming general election.
Previously, the probe headed by John Chilcot said it would refrain from calling the prime minister to avoid its hearing becoming caught up in party politics.
Earlier the foreign secretary at the time of the war, Jack Straw, admitted the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had undermined trust in the government:
“The case…stood or fell on whether Iraq posed a threat to international peace and security by reasons of its weapons of mass destruction, not on whether or not it had an extremely authoritarian regime that was butchering its own people, because in international law I’m afraid that is not good ground for intervention by other states,” he said.
Many Labour Party supporters have since lost faith in former prime minister Tony Blair for leading the country into a war and occupation in which 179 British service people have lost their lives.
Blair is due before the Chilcot inquiry on January 29.