Nancy Pelosi is no longer available as leader of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives. She announced this on Thursday, international news agencies report. Pelosi, 82, says she wants to make way for a younger generation of politicians. On Wednesday it became clear that she had definitively accepted her role as Speaker of the House after the Republicans managed to win a majority in the House during the congressional elections.

    Pelosi is considered one of the most powerful women in the United States. In 2003, she became leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. The politician will ‘just’ take a seat in the new Congress as a delegate from her San Francisco district in the state of California — an unusual choice for a retiring parliamentary leader. The Democratic Party will now consider who should succeed it.

    It’s not clear whether her husband’s abuse at the end of October played a part in Pelosi’s decision to step back. Paul Pelosi was assaulted with a hammer in their home by a suspect who was looking for Nancy Pelosi. He suffered a skull fracture. The police announced that same day that they had arrested a 42-year-old man. He is suspected of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.