Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, launches the party's election manifesto in Dublin, Ireland in this Feb. 9, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Gerry Adams, the divisive politician known around the world as the face of the Irish republican movement as it shifted from violence to peace, announced Saturday that he was stepping down as leader of Sinn Fein next year after heading the party for over 30 years.Although many identify Adams as a member of the IRA since 1966 and a commander for decades, Adams has long insisted he was never a member.Current deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was seen as a favorite to succeed Adams.
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