Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper will resign as Conservative leader after losing legislative elections to the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau, it was announced on Monday
Party president John Walsh said in a statement that Harper had instructed him to “reach out to the newly elected parliamentary caucus to appoint an interim leader” and to start a process of selecting a new leader.

Harper led three successive governments since 2006 before he was defeated in a come-from-behind Liberal landslide on Monday.

An economist once seen as prickly, awkward and more at home ploughing through economic theory than glad-handing voters on the campaign trail, Harper had managed to smooth his image since taking office.

But his popularity sank to an all-time low ahead of the latest ballot.
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