Ranj Pillai acclaimed as Yukon Liberal leader — and the territory's next premier

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A sleepy leadership contest ended quickly over the weekend, with Liberal cabinet minister Ranj Pillai taking over the helm of the Yukon Liberal Party by acclamation.

Pillai, a key cabinet minister and deputy premier in Sandy Silver’s government, ran unopposed.

Party spokesperson Paolo Gallina said nominations for the leadership closed Saturday evening. The party’s executive adopted a motion confirming the results Sunday. The party revealed the results late Sunday.

Pillai wasn’t immediately available for an interview. But in a statement, he said he’s “honoured and humbled” to take over the party leadership.

“We have so much to be proud of and I’m very excited for what the future of the Yukon holds,” the statement

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