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Newfoundland, Labrador Premier Dwight Ball to step down, says he will seek a 'more private life'

Last Updated Feb 17, 2020 at 8:36 pm PDT

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Dwight Ball talks to reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on November 26, 2019. Newfoundland and Labrador's premier and a federal cabinet minister will make a "significant announcement" today after talks about managing rising electricity rates stretched into the weekend. Premier Dwight Ball, Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady and her federal counterpart Seamus O'Regan will make the announcement in St. John's. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier has announced he is stepping down after more than four years leading the province.

Dwight Ball says he has asked the president of the provincial Liberal party to convene a leadership process to choose a successor “at the earliest opportunity.”

Ball, who was re-elected with a minority government last spring, says in a video released today that he is resigning to live a “more private life” with friends and family in Deer Lake.

Ball, 63, says he will stay on as premier until a new leader is chosen and will continue to represent the Humber-Gros Morne district in the legislature until the next provincial election.

The premier says he will continue overseeing budget preparations and will prioritize protecting ratepayers from the cost overruns of the Muskrat Falls hydro dam.

Ball was first elected premier in 2015 after serving as leader of the official opposition since 2012.