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Gabrielle Giffords steps down from Congress

The Congresswoman, who was injured during a shooting last year, released a video in which she thanked those who supported her.

Rep Gabrielle Giffords at a memorial vigil on 8 January 2012.
Rep Gabrielle Giffords at a memorial vigil on 8 January 2012.
Image: Ross D. Franklin/AP/Press Association Images

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, THE US Congresswoman who was shot in the head last year, has announced that she is resigning from Congress.

Giffords, a Democrat, released an emotional video yesterday explaining her reasons.

She said:

A lot has happened over the last year. We cannot change that, but I know on the issues we fought for, we can change things for the better.
Jobs, border security, veterans, we can do so much more by working together.

Of the assassination attempt in Tucson on 8 January 2011 that left her fighting for her life, she said:

I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.

Giffords has made great strides in her health and is now able to speak and walk, but continues to work on her recovery.

In explaining her reasons for retiring, she said:

Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week.

She vowed to return and work for Arizona.

The New York Times reports that an election will be held to determine who will fill her seat for the remainder of her term.

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