Premier of Tasmania Peter Gutwein has announced his resignation from the Premiership and from his position as MP for the state electorate of Bass.
“I’ve got nothing left in the tank to give,” Premier Gutwein said at a press conference. “Unless you can give 110% to the role of Premier, you shouldn’t be doing this job,” Gutwein told reporters.
The news comes 11 months after the state voted to elect the incumbent Liberal government, led by Gutwein for a third term, reported the Guardian.
Premier Gutwein has led the Tasmanian Liberal government since Will Hodgman resigned from politics in 2020.
Gutwein was admitted to hospital in late 2021 “for undisclosed illness,” reported ABC News last year.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve as Tasmania’s 46th premier. However, the time is now right for me to move on,” Premier Gutwein said.
“I’ve focused on everyone else’s family, I now want to spend some time focusing on my own,” Mr Gutwein said to reporters at the media conference.
Gutwein said he would remain the Premier “until the party elects a new leader” but would resign as Member of the House of Assembly for Bass later this week, Sky News reported.
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