US House speaker Boehner announces resignation


US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner in a meeting with lawmakers from the majority Republican party Friday said that he would leave his post next month, participants in the meeting reported.

For more than four and a half years, Boehner has been the top-ranked Republican in the legislative branch in rivalry with Democratic President Barack Obama.

“Speaker Boehner just announced in conference that he will resign as speaker and from Congress at the end of October,” Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan said on Twitter.

Boehner, who led opposition Republicans in the lower chamber since 2007, became speaker after the conservative party won a majority in the 2010 congressional elections.

A member of Congress from the Midwestern state of Ohio since 1991, he was seen as an establishment Republican, and often faced opposition from more doctrinaire members of his own parliamentary faction.

Relations between Obama and Boehner have been highly partisan but personally generally cordial.