Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign to become US president.
The development clears the way for former vice-president Joe Biden to become the Democratic party’s nominee.
Mr Sanders, 78, told his campaign staff about his decision on a conference call on Wednesday before addressing his supporters online.
A self-described Democratic socialist, Mr Sanders found early success making healthcare and working-class issues a key part of his election platform.
For a long time the front-runner, he has slipped behind Mr Biden in the party’s primaries in recent weeks.
Mr Sanders had pursued the presidential nomination before, losing out in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. (Text and photo courtesy BBC)