May 28, 2017 / 12:28 AM / a year ago

Amid splits, Canada Conservatives elect leader to fight Trudeau

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a new leader to take them into a 2019 election against Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions.

Maxime Bernier (L) greets Andrew Scheer during the Conservative Party of Canada leadership convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers had expected, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister Maxime Bernier by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by James Dalgleish

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