POLITICS
12/14/2011 08:32 EST | Updated 02/13/2012 05:12 EST

Dwight Ball To Lead Newfoundland And Labrador Liberal Party After Vote By Party Executive

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Dwight Ball has been named interim leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The party said in a release Wednesday night that Ball was chosen by its executive board in a unanimous vote.

Ball represents Humber Valley in the provincial legislature.

He replaces Kevin Aylward, who resigned after failing to win in St. George's-Stephenville East in the Oct. 11 provincial election.

Aylward took over from Yvonne Jones in August after she stepped down to focus on her treatment for breast cancer.

Ball takes over a party that won six seats in the election — two more than it had at dissolution.

Party president Judy Morrow said Ball will assume roles as interim leader of the party and the official Opposition on Jan. 3.

"Mr. Ball is a tremendously successful businessman and active community volunteer who brings a wealth of knowledge, business acumen and leadership experience to the job," she said in a release.

"I look forward to working with him in the future as we continue to grow and renew the party and offer an alternative to the current government."

The party didn't say when a permanent leader will be chosen.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version identified Dwight Ball as leader when he was actually chosen interim leader