Veteran politician Paul Quassa announced his resignation as Aggu MLA on Tuesday.

He will officially step down as of Aug. 13.

“Earlier this year, I advised my constituents that I would not be seeking re-election as the member of the legislative assembly,” Quassa stated. “This very difficult decision was based on what I believe to be the best interest of my family. I look forward to continuing to make contributions to our territory in other forums.”

Quassa has represented the riding, which consists of much of Iglulik, since 2013. He is also a former president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

He started this term as Nunavut’s premier but Joe Savikataaq replaced him in June 2018 following a non-confidence vote against Quassa.

The fifth legislative assembly is set to be dissolved on Sept. 19.

A territorial election is scheduled for Oct. 25.

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