|Calgary: Jason Kenney, Alberta Premier announced Wednesday his resignation as United Conservative Party (UCP leader despite receiving 51.4 percent approval of his leadership from UCP members.|
Kenney had previously suggested he would accept a result of 50 percent plus one.
Kenney reportedly advised party president Cynthia Moore of his intention of stepping down and asked that the party schedule a leadership election as soon as possible.
Until an interim leader is chosen, Kenney will remain party leader, but it is unclear if he would continue as the MLA for Calgary-Lougheed.
Danielle Smith, another former Wildrose leader, who has also expressed interest in the job issued a statement Wednesday evening thanking Kenney for uniting the right in Alberta and for his commitment to public service.
Smith is holding a news conference Thursday morning to discuss her plans.
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