Gerry Adams signals intention to stand down as Sinn Féin leader

President says he will seek re-election in November but wishes to implement a ‘planned process of generational change’

Gerry Adams has said he is putting plans in place to stand down as leader of Sinn Féin, triggering speculation he may run for the Irish presidency.

The politician, who has been Sinn Féin’s president since the early 1980s, said on Tuesday he would give further details about his plans after the party’s annual conference, Ard Fheis, in November.

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