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Liberal MNA Sam Hamad quits politics

In this file photo, Quebec Liberal Minister Sam Hamad is seen at a press conference. Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press

Sam Hamad, a former cabinet minister and Liberal MNA for the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hébert is leaving politics.

A teary Hamad made the announcement at a press conference in Quebec City Thursday morning.

Hamad was first elected to in 2003 and was instrumental in the leadership campaign of Premier Philippe Couillard.

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Last year, he was accused of influence peddling in a business associated with disgraced former Liberal Marc-Yvan Côté.

Hamad took time off from the National Assembly and was spotted vacationing in Florida.

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On his return, the premier removed him from cabinet.

Hamad said he is quitting politics to pursue a career in private business.

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