Shocking Announcement: Western Australia’s Esteemed Premier, Mark McGowan, Decides to Retire from Politics
In a press conference that took the public by surprise, occurring with a mere 45 minutes’ notice, Premier Mark McGowan dropped a bombshell: he will be stepping down from his role as Premier of Western Australia and relinquishing his position as the Member for Rockingham at the end of this week.
During the press conference, Mr. McGowan expressed his sentiments, “The truth is I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted.” After leading the Western Australian Labor Party to a resounding victory in 2017, triumphing over the Liberal Party led by the long-standing Premier Colin Barnett, Mr. McGowan secured a second term in 2021, achieving an extraordinary landslide by capturing an astounding 53 out of the 59 seats in the state’s lower house.
Notably, the upcoming Western Australian election is not scheduled until March 2025, making this unexpected announcement even more surprising. As speculations regarding the Premier’s successor arise, Deputy Premier Roger Cook and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson are potential front-runners.
Upon his tenure, Mr. McGowan expressed deep gratitude, stating, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the state in my community over this time. It is way beyond what I could ever have imagined my career would amount to.” Interestingly, when Mr. McGowan migrated from New South Wales to Western Australia, he never envisioned the possibility of becoming the state’s Premier.
As this news unfolds, further developments are anticipated, and the political landscape of Western Australia prepares for a significant transition.