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Bowing to rising pressure, VA chief steps down

Successor will face massive task of solving delays

WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki resigned as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, leaving behind a sprawling bureaucracy embroiled in scandal and burdened with a decades-old legacy of overwhelmed facilities and management failures that his successor must now confront.

President Obama announced Shinseki’s departure after a 45-minute Oval Office meeting between the two men that ended a week of mounting demands from both parties for the secretary to step down. Obama, who appeared pained at the turn of events, hailed Shinseki as having an unquestioned commitment to the nation’s veterans, but he said the political storm had made Shinseki’s continuing leadership untenable.

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