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The face of Welsh politics stands down

MORGANSome of the descriptions may have been a bit off-the-wall, but Welsh political commentators were all agreed – no other local politician has challenged Rhodri Morgan for status in recent years.

His announcement that he is to stand down as First Minister at the age of 70, has led political obit writers to describe his departure as creating a great chasm in Welsh politics.

“In polls Mr Morgan has consistently featured as one of the few recognisable figures in Welsh politics,” wrote BBC reporter Phil Parry.

“Rhodri Morgan will leave centre stage as one of the biggest names Welsh politics has seen.”