But she immediately won the backing of the third-place candidate, Jim Edwards, virtually ensuring victory over her main rival, Jean Charest, the Environment Minister. The second ballot of the 3,400 delegates was due to start later. The winner will automatically take over from Mr Mulroney as prime minister in two weeks.
In Turkey, the ruling True Path Party yesterday elected Tansu Ciller as its leader and eventually the country's first female prime minister.
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