02/19/2016 01:39 EST | Updated 02/19/2017 05:12 EST

Mario Beaulieu, Ex-Bloc Quebecois Leader, Says He Won't Run For Top Job Again

Mario Beaulieu handed the reins to Gilles Duceppe just before the last election.

OTTAWA — Former Bloc Quebecois leader Mario Beaulieu says he won't seek the sovereigntist party's top job a second time.

Beaulieu made it official today after suggesting just a few days ago another leadership run might interest him.

Former Bloc leader Mario Beaulieu is pictured with Gilles Duceppe during the last election. (Photo: CP)

He was party leader for one tumultuous year — between June 2014 and June 2015 — before handing the reins to Gilles Duceppe.

The announcement comes as the Bloc prepares for a general council meeting on Saturday in Trois-Rivieres, Que.

The party has not finalized a date for selecting a new leader and fellow MP Rheal Fortin is filling the role on an interim basis.

Beaulieu is MP for the Montreal riding of La Pointe-de-l'Ile.


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