November 15, 2014 6:04 pm
Updated: November 16, 2014 1:28 pm

Manitoba NDP executive accept premier’s plan for March leadership contest

Premier Greg Selinger and NDP party president Ellen Olfert speaking to media Saturday at the NDP executive meeting.

Ashley Carter/ Global News

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s embattled premier, Greg Selinger, has won a round in the battle over his leadership.

The provincial NDP executive has agreed to Selinger’s call for a leadership contest at the party’s annual convention March 6.

Selinger emerged from a four-hour meeting with the executive, saying he was pleased with the decision.

The premier has faced an open revolt from some members of his caucus and the party, who have called on him to resign.

Selinger says he`s staying put and anyone who wants to challenge him can run against him in March.

The party has struck a committee to work out details of the leadership race, such as whether candidates will be allowed to retain their cabinet positions.

Five former cabinet ministers who challenged Selinger’s leadership resigned from the premier’s inner circle earlier this month, but remain in caucus.

No one has so far declared their intention to run against the premier.

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