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British Petroleum's (BP) Chief Executive Officer, Tony Hayward, has been relieved from his duties in the US, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg says.
BP executives have reportedly chosen top official, Bob Dudley to replace Hayward as their point man in America.
Hayward is "now handing over the operations, the daily operations to (BP Managing Director) Bob Dudley," Svanberg told the British broadcaster, Sky News.
This comes after Hayward was grilled on Capitol Hill over the oil company's handling of the disaster.
US lawmakers showed their frustration with Hayward after his refusal to give clear-cut answers about the cause of the oil spill.
Experts say that despite different methods tried by BP to plug the flow, 35 to 60 thousand barrels of oil a day are still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.
The massive leak began on April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers.
Americans widely blame rig owner BP and the US government for what they have described as a sluggish response to the disaster.