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US House Speaker Paul Ryan won't seek re-election

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will not seek re-election and will retire from after this year, his office announced on Wednesday, adding to the uncertainty about whether Republicans can maintain control of the lower chamber.

"This morning Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House," Ryan said in a statement cited by

"He will serve out his full term, run through the tape and then retire in January. After nearly 20 years in the House, the is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father," Buck said.

The exit of the 48-year-old clean-cut conservative would be a major blow to the ahead of November's mid-term elections.

He called about his retirement before the news broke, cited sources as saying.

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has been in since 1999 and became the Speaker in 2015. He was also the Vice Presidential running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Ryan had long championed tax reform, a goal accomplished with the passage last year of the sweeping GOP tax bill.

The two Republicans most likely to replace Ryan were McCarthy and House of

According to American news and information website Axios, Ryan found his job frustrating, partly because of



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 19:38 IST