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Carl-Henric Svanberg says Tony Hayward will no longer run BP oil spill cleanup

Carl-Henric Svanberg told Britain's Sky News Friday BP's CEO is being relieved of day-to-day responsibility for managing the Gulf oil spill.

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Carl-Henric Svanberg is followed by the news media as he and other BP representative leave the White House in Washington on Wednesday after a meeting with President Barack Obama.

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The chairman of BP says embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is being relieved of day-to-day responsibility for managing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

According to the transcript of an interview with Sky News television released Friday, chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg says that Hayward "is now handing over the operations, the daily operations to (BP Managing Director) Bob Dudley."

It comes a day after Hayward's grilling by a House committee. Hayward's refusal to answer lawmakers' questions, claiming that he was out of the loop, left many committee members furious.

BP had announced June 4 that Dudley would lead the long-term response to the oil spill once the leak had been stopped.

A BP spokesman in Houston, Tristan Vanhegan, says the "board still has confidence in Tony."

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