Ex-MP Paul Manly the favourite as Greens gear up to choose interim leader

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The Greens will tonight choose an interim leader to take charge of their troubled party following the resignation of Annami Paul.

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Former MP Paul Manley, who lost his British Columbia seat in the election, is a favorite to take on the challenge.

He is being supported by former leader Elizabeth May and former interim leader Jo-Ann Roberts, who were urged to take the job again.

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The party’s federal council will meet tonight to consider applications received for the stand-in leadership position.

Amita Kuttner, who pitted against Paul in last year’s leadership election, confirmed that she has applied for the role.

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Kuttner, a non-binary astrophysicist from B.C., has been a vocal supporter of action to address flooding and climate change.

His mother was killed and his father was seriously injured in a mudslide after their North Vancouver home was crushed in 2005.

The interim leader will remain in office for a maximum of six months before a full-time leader can be elected to succeed Paul, who formally stepped down as Green leader earlier this month.

The party is beset with infighting and the election saw its support decline, returning two MPs but losing a significant portion of the popular vote.

Paul said leading the Greens was the worst period of his life and has surrendered his party membership.

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