Former Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon said Thursday she was stepping down from Parliament and would take a post teaching comparative politics at Miami Dade College.
The 42-year-old Chacon, who lost a battle for the leadership of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, or PSOE, last year, said she would spend the 2013-2014 academic year in Miami but planned to return to politics.
Chacon, who has a law degree from the University of Barcelona and taught at the University of Gerona, served as housing minister and later defense minister under former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
She was the first woman to serve as Spain's defense minister.
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba defeated Chacon in the race for secretary-general of the PSOE.
Chacon told reporters she had not ruled out making another bid for the top post in the party in the future.
She said she was not leaving politics "in any case" and was unhappy with the job being done by the PSOE's current leadership. EFE