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Nancy Pelosi has announced her resignation as Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives.

Prior to her announcement, Pelosi, 82, had held the position for nearly two decades and is also the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House.

According to the BBC, she will continue to represent her California district in the lower chamber of Congress.

“I never would have thought that someday I would go from homemaker to House speaker,” Mrs Pelosi said in a statement in the chamber on Thursday.

“I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress. The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus,” she said.

Pelosi will serve as speaker until January, when a new Congress takes office, and will remain in the position she first held in 1987 until January 2025.

Hakeem Jeffries, a congressman from New York, is widely expected to take over as House Democratic leader, making him the first black congressional leader in US history.

 

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