It’s officially the end of an era.
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday announced he was retiring from politics and dropping plans to run for vice president in elections next year, when his term ends,” reports the Associated Press.
The announcement is likely “paving the way for his politician daughter to make a possible bid for the top post.”
“The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I’m not qualified, and it would be a violation of the constitution,” said Duterte. “I will follow what you wish, and today I announce my retirement from politics.”
Per the report:
Philippine presidents are limited by the constitution to a single six-year term, and opponents had said they would question the legality of Duterte’s announced vice presidential run before the Supreme Court if he pursued it.
While two past presidents have run for lower elected positions and won after their terms ended in recent history, Duterte was the first to consider running for the vice presidency. If he did pursue the candidacy and win, that could elevate him back to the presidency if the elected leader dies or is incapacitated for any reason.
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