2 candidates will compete to replace Dwight Ball as N.L. Liberal party leader and premier

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Two men are officially in the running to lead the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and become the province’s 14th premier.

Party president John Allan says surgeon and charity CEO Andrew Furey as well as former civil servant John Abbott are the two official candidates in the race after the nomination period closed Friday.

The winner will be announced in May and will immediately become the province’s premier, following the sudden resignation of Liberal Leader Dwight Ball.

Last month Ball said he would resign once the party chooses a new leader.

Any resident of the province aged 14 and older who registers as a Liberal party member between Feb. 24 and April 4 can vote online or by phone.

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