Philippine leader Duterte announces retirement from politics

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is withdrawing from an announced plan to run for vice president in next year’s election and will retire from politics after his term ends. pull back.

Duterte announced the surprising decision on Saturday after accompanying his former longtime aide, Senator Bong Go, who instead submitted his own candidacy for the vice presidency to an election committee.

Philippine presidents are constitutionally limited to a single six-year term, and opponents had said they would question the legality of Duterte’s announced vice presidential Supreme Court proceedings.

Duterte took office in 2016 and launched a crackdown on illegal drugs that killed more than 6,000, mostly petty suspects, and alerted Western governments and human rights groups. The International Criminal Court is investigating the murders.

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