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Philippine president announces retirement from politics

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not stand for vice-president in next year’s election.and will instead retire from politics.

Mr Duterte said last month that he would run for the vice-presidency in 2022. The country’s constitution bars him from a second term as president.

But he now says he will withdraw, as “the overwhelming sentiment of the Filipinos is that I am not qualified”.

The move comes amid speculation that his daughter could run for president.

Mr Duterte, a controversial “strongman” figure, came to power in 2016 on a platform of crushing crime and fixing the country’s drug crisis.

According to the BBC, In the five years since his election, critics say he has encouraged police to carry out thousands of extrajudicial killings of suspects in what he’s called his “war on drugs”.

The Philippines’ constitution only permits presidents to serve for a single six-year term.

Mr Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is currently mayor of the southern city of Davao, has given mixed messages about running for high office.

Last month she said that she would not join the race because she and her father had agreed that only one of them would stand in next year’s election.

However, she has led every opinion poll conducted this year.