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Premier Dwight Ball easily passed his first leadership review Saturday with 90.1 per cent of Liberal delegates voting against holding a leadership election.

Of the 333 delegates who voted, 300 rejected a motion to review the leadership of the Liberal party. Delegates gave a standing ovation when the results were announced.

Ball’s leadership continues to receive poor reviews from the public in opinion polls. But the premier is now about to enter his second sitting in the House of Assembly with solid backing from his party.

If delegates had voted yes, the party would have been required to call a leadership election within a year. The government then would have had to call a general election within a year of the next premier’s being sworn in.

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Ball will address the delegates at the convention Saturday night.

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