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Quebec voters oust separatist government, Liberals win

Published on Apr 8, 2014 9:34 AM

MONTREAL (AFP) - Canada's Quebec province voted out a separatist government on Monday, choosing a former neurosurgeon and his federalist Liberal party to lead a promised economic rally.

Television networks predicted a Liberal victory soon after the polls closed at 8pm (0000 GMT Tuesday).

Early results showed Philippe Couillard's Liberals in the lead with 44 per cent of votes cast, followed by the separatist Parti Quebecois with 27 per cent.

The Coalition Avenir Quebec and Quebec Solidaire rounded up 17 per cent and five per cent support, respectively.

People cheering at the Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard's provincial election rally headquarters in St. Felicien, Quebec on April 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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