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U.S. Congresswoman to resign, focus on recovery

(Xinhua)

12:35, January 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely injured in a shooting about a year ago, announced Sunday that she is stepping down from Congress to focus full-time on her recovery.

"I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week," Giffords, who represents the 8th Congressional district of Arizona, announced in a video message posted on her website. She also said she is getting better.

On Jan. 8, 2011, Giffords was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona where six people died and thirteen were injured. Giffords was the intended target.

The shooting shook the nation, but Giffords made a miraculous recovery and regained the ability to speak and walk.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said she would call a special election to fill Giffords's seat.

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