Switzerland's president and foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, says she will bow out of politics after nine years in the Cabinet.
The 66-year-old Social Democrat told a press conference Wednesday in Bern that she will not stand for re-election in December to the Federal Council. The council's seven members take turns being president for a year _ a largely ceremonial role.
Calmy-Rey, who also was president in 2007, said in a live webcast that she informed lawmakers earlier of her plans.
She was elected to the Federal Council in 2002 after getting her start in politics in Geneva.
Her tenure was rocked by a diplomatic spat with recently ousted Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, that began in 2008. The incident became a major embarrassment for Switzerland.