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Dr. Andrew Furey officially enters the race to replace Dwight Ball as leader of the provincial Liberal party and Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador at the ALT Hotel in St. John's on March 3, 2020. Newfoundland and Labrador's outgoing premier says he won't endorse any one candidate vying to replace him, but his cabinet ministers sent a different message Tuesday night. Almost every member of Dwight Ball's Liberal cabinet, along with a handful of backbenchers and federal MPs, stood behind Andrew Furey as the orthopaedic surgeon and charity CEO signed nomination papers for his Liberal leadership bid, following an announcement in a packed St. John's hotel conference room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Douglas Gaulton

Two men are officially in the running to lead the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and become the province's 14th premier.

Party president John Allan says surgeon and charity CEO Andrew Furey as well as former civil servant John Abbott are the two official candidates in the race after the nomination period closed today.

The winner will be announced in May and will immediately become the province's premier, following the sudden resignation of Liberal Leader Dwight Ball.

Last month Ball said he would resign once the party chooses a new leader.

Any resident of the province aged 14 and older who registers as a Liberal party member between Feb. 24 and April 4 can vote online or by phone.

Allan says he's proud of his party for conducting an accessible and democratic leadership contest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2020.