Bean, the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) MP for Warwick South Central, has been on medical leave since suffering a stroke in March.
He confirmed his retirement, which will force a by-election, in a letter to Acting Governor Ginny Ferson.
The PLP issued a short statement, stating “The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party can confirm that the Party Leader, the Hon. Marc Bean, JP, MP, has submitted a letter indicating his retirement from politics to the Acting Governor.”
Bean had led the party since former premier Paula Cox lost her seat in the House of Assembly when the PLP was ousted from power by the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) in the December 2012 general election.
Declining to comment in detail, Bean told the media “I’m at peace. My hands are clean, my heart is pure and my conscience is clear.”
Divisions in the party became highly public last December when seven legislators, Walton Brown, Derrick Burgess, Zane DeSilva, Rolfe Commissiong, Wayne Furbert, Kim Wilson and Glenn Blakeney, who has since retired from politics, left Bean’s shadow cabinet.
David Burt, who is the PLP’s Deputy Leader, recently resigned as shadow Finance Minister in a move seen as a bid for the party leadership.
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