Emile Roemer is resigning as party chairman and leader of socialist party SP, he announced in a cafe in The Hague on Wednesday. He is also leaving the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, early in January, RTL Nieuws reports
"It's time someone else takes over the baton", Roemer said. "I do not want to be a politician who left too late. My part of the mission is over."