Premier Kathy Dunderdale of Newfoundland and Labrador resigns

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale announces her resignation on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Kennedy

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Kathy Dunderdale is stepping down as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and leader of the province's Progressive Conservative party on Friday.

Dunderdale was under growing pressure after two members left the Tory caucus questioning her leadership.

She was first elected in October 2003 to represent the St. John's-area riding of Virginia Waters and took over as leader of the Tories after former premier Danny Williams quit politics in late 2010.

She was re-elected with a majority government in October 2011.

Finance Minister Tom Marshall will be interim premier.

Dunderdale's resignation leaves the Tories with 33 seats in the legislature.

The Liberals have nine and the NDP have three.

There are also two Independent members.

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