Former US Vice-President Candidate Palin Resigns as Alaska Senator

World | July 4, 2009, Saturday // 11:05|  views

Sarah Palin's term of office was due to end in 2010, the BBC reminded. Photo by BGNES

Former US Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has announced she will resign as governor of Alaska on July 26, and not run for re-election.

Palin announced her decision in a statement from her home town of Wasilla, Alaska, the BBC reported.

"I'm taking my fight for what's right in a new direction. Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose", she said.

Sarah Palin's term of office was due to end in 2010, the BBC reminded.

Some have speculated that Senator Palin, who is popular with the Republican Party base, might be preparing to make a bid for the White House in 2012.

But a report on NBC news suggested that Palin intends to get "out of politics for good".

Her resignation means Alaska's Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell, will take over as state governor.

Polls indicated Senator Palin was very popular in Alaska during the first few years of her governorship, and although her approval ratings have dipped somewhat since her vice-presidential run, she still enjoys widespread popularity in her home state.


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