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Chretien's Tenure as Premier to End Dec. 12

November 19, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said he would retire Dec. 12, after a decade in power, and make way for his successor and rival Paul Martin.

Chretien's last years in office were increasingly marked by a power struggle with Martin, who was elected last week as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Party. Chretien sacked Martin in June 2002 as finance minister for campaigning against him.

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