Sad news for Gorbachev fans. Speculation had been rife that Nobel Peace Prize 1990 is about to announce his retirement from politics, at age 88, with immediate effect.
UPDATE 17/11/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Being a politician isn't fun anymore
“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a politician-president just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.
For a little while on Saturday evening, #ThankYouMikhail was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.
“Mikhail Gorbachev was unlike any other politician we’ve ever seen! #ThankYouMikhail”
— @universalObserver, 16 Nov 2019
“I thought Mikhail Gorbachev retired about 5 years ago?!?”
— @millythom, 16 Nov 2019
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