Newfoundland and Labrador Tories set to confirm new premier in July

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Progressive Conservative party in Newfoundland and Labrador says it plans to hold a convention in July to confirm the leadership of Frank Coleman.

The governing Tories says they will expand their leadership convention on July 4 and 5 to include the party's annual general meeting and allow members to confirm Coleman as their new leader.

The 60-year-old Corner Brook businessman was the only leadership contender left after fisheries magnate Bill Barry recently dropped out.

Coleman is poised to become the 12th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kathy Dunderdale resigned as premier in January and Tom Marshall replaced her on an interim basis.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, ST. JOHN'S, Corner Brook

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