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Premier Danny Williams
Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador will make an announcement about his political future later today amid a media report that he is stepping down.
His office issued an unexpected statement saying he would make an announcement at the legislature.
No other details were provided in the brief news release, but CBC reported he will step down as premier.
Williams was acclaimed the provincial Conservative leader in 2001 and was elected premier in 2003, leading the party to a landslide victory.
The 60-year-old was re-elected with an even larger majority in October 2007, buoyed by high-profile clashes with the offshore oil industry and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Earlier this year, he underwent heart surgery in Florida and gradually returned to a full work schedule as he recovered.
Before he entered public life, Williams was a criminal lawyer and a cable TV mogul.
Williams, a Rhodes scholar, earned the nickname ”Danny Millions” after selling Cable Atlantic for $232 million in 2000.
But he also took great care in fashioning his image as an every man, donating his annual legislative salary to a local charitable foundation.