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Breaking: Danielle Smith voted new UCP leader, Alberta premier

Smith tops six other candidates in race to replace Jason Kenny as Alberta's premier.
Danielle Smith / Submitted

Danielle Smith has been voted as the new leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party and Alberta’s new premier, replacing Jason Kenny.

Smith will be at the helm of the party, after winning on the sixth ballot in results announced October 6 in Calgary. 

I'm back," she said to a roaring crowd following her win. 

“It is time for Alberta to take its place as a senior partner in building a strong and unified Canada,” Smith said.

Smith, 51, is the former leader of Alberta’s Wildrose Party

She will become premier following a swearing in ceremony expected in the next few days. Jason Kenney will remain premier until that time. 

Though Smith doesn't hold a seat in the legislature, she is still able to take over the position and all its authority. 

The premier-elect is expected to make a speech to the crowd at Calgary's BMO Centre shortly, as is Kenney.