Eva Aariak won't seek 2nd term as Nunavut premier
Will still run for MLA seat in upcoming election
Eva Aariak won't seek another term as Nunavut premier, she announced on CBC North Radio Thursday morning.
"I think I have put my five years as a premier, and I think it's somebody else's turn," she said.
"I will relate that information right now so anybody out there who is thinking of running as premier will be prepared."
Aariak said she will run for a seat as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
The Nunavut election is Oct. 28. Today, MLAs begin the final sitting of this legislative assembly.
Aariak, 58, became premier in 2008. She took over from the territory's first premier Paul Okalik, who governed since Nunavut's founding in 1999.
The MLA for Iqaluit East and a former Nunavut Languages Commissioner, Aariak won more votes than former premier Paul Okalik and veteran politician Tagak Curley in a secret ballot conducted among MLAs at the Nunavut leadership forum that followed the 2008 election.
Her administration has seen major policy initiatives around education and health. That included a territorial policy on suicide prevention, a major problem in Nunavut.
Her government has also extracted a promise from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to open negotiations on transferring control over Crown lands and resources to the territory.
Under the territory's consensus style of government, following the election, MLAs choose a premier, speaker and cabinet ministers from among the elected MLAs.
With files from The Canadian Press