Pakistani army chief announces retiring on Nov. 29

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army chief, who’s often referred to as the country’s most powerful person, says he will retire on Nov. 29, ending speculation that he would try to stay on past the end of his tenure.

Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani made the announcement in a statement issued by the army’s public relations department on Sunday.

Kayani took up the position in 2007 and has served for two, three-year terms. There had been speculation about whether Kayani would try to stay on as army chief or seek another position within the military.

In his statement Kayani said his future plans had been debated within the media recently but that his tenure would end on Nov. 29, adding: “on that day I will retire.”

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