Wall announces retirement

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall resigned unexpectedly on Thursday, saying he was quitting politics after nearly 10 years as the leader of the resource-rich western Canadian province.

Wall, who has been one of Canada’s most popular provincial leaders and was once considered a top contender for leadership of the Conservative party, did not give a reason for his departure in a video streamed on his Facebook page.

“It is hard to lay this duty down, to retire from what has been and what will always be the honour of my working life,” Wall said in his video. “But it is time.”

Wall’s right-leaning Saskatchewan Party holds a legislative majority, and his retirement is unlikely to affect the power balance in the province.

The complete video can be found here.

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