Western Australia’s leader made a surprise announcement today, citing exhaustion after leading the resource-rich state through the COVID pandemic.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan, elected in 2017, is a member of the ruling Australian Labor Party, which also has a large majority in Western Australia. He will also resign from the state legislature this week, he announced at a press conference.
“I liked the challenge of solving problems, making decisions, getting results and helping people. But the truth is that I am tired, extremely tired. I’m actually exhausted,” McGowan said.
In 2021, McGowan won a landslide election victory as his anti-COVID policies, which effectively isolated the state from the rest of Australia, proved extremely popular.
Labor currently holds 53 of the 59 seats in the state lower house and is expected to return to power at an election due in 2025.
“While it was the scale of his eventual election victory that secured his place in Australian political history, I know that Mark’s definition of success has always been helping people, improving lives and creating sustainable progress,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said. in the statement
Western Australia is the country’s largest state by area and rich in resources, including iron ore and natural gas.
Labor has yet to announce a process to replace McGowan.