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Premier of Oil-Rich Alberta Steps Down After Leadership Vote

  • Kenney wins just 51% support from his own party members
  • Result throws oil-rich western Canadian province into turmoil
Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney

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Jason Kenney stepped down as Alberta premier after winning just 51.4% support of party members in a leadership vote, plunging the oil-rich Canadian province into political turmoil.

“The result is not what I hoped for or frankly what I expected,” Kenney told a Calgary audience after the result was announced Wednesday evening.