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Gilles Duceppe returns to Quebec politics

Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe talks to the media after appearing before the Commons Board of Internal Economy on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday February 13, 2012. Duceppe is set to take the reins of the party.
Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe talks to the media after appearing before the Commons Board of Internal Economy on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday February 13, 2012. Duceppe is set to take the reins of the party. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

MONTREAL – Gilles Duceppe has returned as leader of the Bloc Quebecois and is jumping back into federal politics.

He made it official during a news conference at the sovereigntist party’s headquarters today in Montreal

Duceppe will take over for Mario Beaulieu, who will now become party president.

The 67-year-old Duceppe was an MP for 21 years and served as leader between 1997 and 2011, when the party was nearly wiped out in the federal election.

Currently, the party has only two MPs out of 75 in Quebec

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