Remengesau to exit Palau political arena after 2020

Koror- Palau President Tommy Remengesau announced Wednesday his intention to step down from politics after his term ends in 2020.

Although he says there is more work to be done, this will be the first time Remengesau will take time off from politics.

The president, who will turn 63 in February, has spent most of his career in politics starting as a senator when he was only 28 years old. In 2013, when his term ended in 2008 as a president, instead of retiring from politics he ran and won as a senator.

“ I am not running for anything in 2020. I intend to hang up my hat and be the fisherman I always wanted to be,” Remengesau told reporters.

He vowed to be a productive citizen of Palau come 2020. The next presidential election is scheduled for Nov. 2020.