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Matt O’Malley to abandon bid for City Council president

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley.
SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2014
Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley.

Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley said Sunday night he planned to abandon his bid for City Council president and vote Monday for Councilor Michelle Wu.

Wu announced in November that she had secured votes from at least seven of the 13 councilors, which would assure her the president’s post. With five votes, O’Malley was short of the support he needed, but he did not throw his support behind Wu.

O’Malley said Sunday he planned to support Wu “as a means of hopefully bringing the council together and unifying the body.”

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“I will be withdrawing my name from consideration and will be voting for Michelle Wu for council president,” O’Malley said.

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The council is expected to vote at noon Monday on a new president, after newly elected councilors are sworn in. Councilors vying for the position generally line up votes well in advance.

In a statement O’Malley said he planned to post on his Facebook page, he thanked the four councilors who had pledged their votes to him.

“I’m eternally grateful to Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Tito Jackson, Ayanna Pressley, & Josh Zakim for their support of my campaign for the city council presidency,” O’Malley wrote. “These are four of the finest people and public servants that I know and I would truly rather lose the race with their support than win without it.”

O’Malley added: “I am hopeful that we can begin the new term as a stronger and more cohesive body. It’s the right thing to do for the council and the people of Boston.”

Andrew Ryan can be reached at andrew.ryan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeAndrewRyan.