Nobel peace prize laureate &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/printed.html?news_id=14820 ' target=_blank>David Trimble said he would step down as Ulster Unionist Party leader after losing his seat in the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/fun/2001/12/10/23260.html ' target=_blank>British Parliament.
Trimble, 60, told senior party colleagues on Saturday he did "not wish to continue as leader," according to a statement issued by the UUP in Belfast.
It was not clear when his resignation would take effect or when a successor would be chosen. Trimble is expected to hold a press conference Monday.
Trimble, a key Protestant political backer of the province's halting peace process, lost his Upper Bann seat in the Westminster Parliament in Thursday's election, reports CBC News.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.