December 2, 2008 / 1:40 PM / in 9 years

Governor-general shortens trip over crisis

<p>Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom welcomes Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean (L) in the terrace of the Presidential Palace in Budapest November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai</p>

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s governor-general -- the acting head of state -- said on Tuesday she would cut short a foreign trip and return to Canada, which is in the middle of a major political crisis.

Michaelle Jean, who is in Prague, said she would fly back on Wednesday rather than Saturday.

“This decision has been made in light of the current political situation in Canada,” said a statement released by her office.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, trying to prevent opposition parties from defeating his minority Conservative government next week, could shut down Parliament temporarily but needs Jean’s permission to do so.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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