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Gates will stay Pentagon Chief

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama's most prominent holdover from the Bush administration is staying on for at least another year.

A Pentagon spokesman says Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Obama agreed that Gates would stay on as Pentagon chief.

The commitment is open-ended but would be for at least the rest of 2010.

Obama asked Gates to stay on shortly after winning the presidential election.

The White House says the move was meant to maintain stability during two wars.

Online reporting by Brian Rodriguez

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