The outgoing Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, on Friday announced she will retire from politics now that her son had been elected as her successor. She told reporters outside the parliament, “My role is now to retire.” Rahul will be appointed as the new Congress president on 16 December. Sonia Gandhi was elected as the president of the party in 1998. She has been the longest serving Congress president. Under her leadership, Congress formed the government at the Centre twice in 2004 and 2009.