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House Foreign Affairs chair Royce retiring from Congress this

AFP  |  Washington 

US House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, a reliable ally of in Congress, announced today he will not seek re-this year.

The 13-term Republican said he wants to spend his final months in office focusing on "urgent threats" including the regimes in and Iran, and Russian Vladimir Putin's efforts to "fracture western democracies."

"With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek re-in November," he said in a statement.

Royce represents a district that Democrat carried by about nine points in the 2016 presidential

Democrats have launched a grassroots effort to try to regain control of Congress, and Royce's seat was a prime target.

Several other chairs have said they are exiting after their chairmanships expire at the end of this year due to term limits, including and

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 05:00 IST