October 27, 2008 / 4:18 PM / in 9 years

Quebec Premier says has not decided on election

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The premier of the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec said on Monday he had not decided whether to hold an election in the near future.

<p>Quebec Premier and conference chair Jean Charest talks with colleagues before the Council of the Federation meeting in Montreal October 20, 2008. The premier of the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec will call a provincial election for December 8, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on Monday. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>

Media reports earlier in the day said that Jean Charest -- whose Liberals oppose separatists seeking independence for the province -- would call an election for Dec 8.

Charest told a televised news conference in Mirabel, Quebec, that the leaders of the two opposition parties in the provincial legislature clearly did not want to co-operate with his minority government.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson

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