– For me, the time has come for a new generation to lead the group, which I deeply respect. I will not run for re-election to lead the next Congress, Nancy Pelosi said in an emotional speech in the House of Representatives.
However, she will remain a member of Congress.
After the announcement, she received a standing ovation from Democrats and Republicans alike, and was welcomed by her party colleagues.
She was also praised by US President Joe Biden, who called her the “essential defender of democracy”.
The announcement follows Republicans on Thursday night He won 218 statesThat is, the majority in the US House of Representatives.
Member since 1987
Nancy Pelosi, 82, has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1987. In 2007, she became the first female Speaker of Parliament – a position she held for a total of four terms.
Among other things, she oversaw two impeachments, both against President Donald Trump. The last indictment was filed after the storming of the Capitol in 2021.
In late October, her husband, Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked by a man who entered the couple’s home in San Francisco. Paul Pelosi was severely beaten with a hammer and treated for a while in the hospital.
Democrats will elect new leaders on November 30, and the new US Congress will be sworn in on January 3.
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