Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election. In a blog post on a government website, Stelmach explained that “after 25 years of public service, I am not prepared to serve another full term as premier.” “Until I provide the formal notice of intent to resign,” Stelmach added, “I will continue to govern to fulfill commitments I made in the last general election.” Polls have shown a steady erosion in Stelmach’s popularity since he won the 2008 election in a landslide. He was due to run for re-election in March 2012, a general election that may now be postponed for up to a year. “That was my timetable and mine alone,” Stelmach wrote. “My successor has the parliamentary authority to call an election anytime up to the constitutional deadline of March of 2013.”
Alberta premier Ed Stelmach to step down
'After 25 years of public service, I am not prepared to serve another full term as premier'
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