PAPUA New Guinea's first prime minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, has announced he is retiring from politics.
Sir Michael, who turns 80 next month, says he will not contest next year's elections.
The MP for East Sepik says he has completed his task and it is time for a new generation to carry on.
Sir Michael led PNG for 19 years.
He was chief minister from 1973-75 during PNG’s period of self-government and the country's first prime minister from 1975-80, then from 1982-85 and 2002-11.
Patrick Pruaitch will take over as the leader of the National Alliance Party.