05/29/2011 01:21 EDT | Updated 07/29/2011 05:12 EDT

Yukon Party Replaces Premier Denis Fentie

(Canadian Press) -- The Yukon Party has selected a new leader and has replaced Canada's longest-serving premier in the process.

Darrell Pasloski has been chosen to lead the party and will also take over governance of the territory from Premier Denis Fentie at the end of a transition period.

Fentie, 60, resigned in March after months of speculation about his future. He announced he would not seek another term as party leader or run in the next territorial election this fall.

Pasloski went up against MLA Jim Kenyon and businessman Rod Taylor in the leadership race.

He has promised to build a strong team and run a transparent government.

Yukon Party president Mike Nixon said membership rose from about 200 to about 1,500 during the 45-day campaign — something that will help in the runup to the election.

But Nixon wasn't expecting any radical changes to come with the new leader, saying the party has a great team and has done a lot of hard work over the last nine years.

Fentie led the Yukon Party to power in 2002.