May 6, 2015 / 4:23 AM / 2 years ago

Alberta Conservative premier resigns as party leader, quits his seat

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Alberta Premier and Progressive Conservative party leader Jim Prentice reacts after losing the Alberta election in Calgary, Alberta, May 5, 2015.Todd Korol

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who led his Conservative party to a stunning election defeat on Tuesday, said he will resign as party leader with immediate effect and also quit his seat.

The left-leaning New Democrats won election in the Canadian province, ending the 44-year run by the Progressive Conservatives amid promises to review oversight of the oil and gas sector in the home of Canada's oil sands.

Reporting by Amran Abocar; Editing by Ken Wills

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