Opposition Liberals get new leader: reports

Tue Dec 9, 2008 11:08am EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Michael Ignatieff, the standard bearer for the right wing of Canada's main opposition Liberal Party, will become party leader after the last of his rivals drops out, news reports said on Tuesday.

The Canadian Press and CTV television said Bob Rae, on the left of the party, would announce on Tuesday afternoon that he is pulling out of the leadership race.

That would leave former Harvard professor Ignatieff to be appointed leader. He has cautioned against automatically trying to topple the minority Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and has been more inclined to support military action abroad than some other Liberals.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Peter Galloway)