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Darrell Pasloski sworn in as Yukon premier

The new premier of Yukon has been sworn into office.

Darrell Pasloski was elected leader of the Yukon Party last month, taking over from then-premier Dennis Fentie who served two consecutive terms as the territory's leader.

Mr. Pasloski will also take on the portfolios of finance, Executive Council Office, the Yukon Development Corporation and Yukon Energy Corporation.

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"It is an honour to serve as premier and I look forward to working with a great team and with a professional public service in the coming months," he said in a news release.

"I wish to express my sincere thanks to Dennis Fentie for his excellent stewardship of the territory over the past nine years."

Mr. Pasloski, 50, a former pharmacist and businessman beat MLA Jim Kenyon and businessman Rod Taylor for the job.

During his acceptance speech on May 28, Mr. Pasloski told the crowd he was excited about taking over the job, but also nervous, scared and apprehensive.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the new premier and offered his congratulations.

"Our government has made Canada's North a cornerstone of its agenda and I look forward to working closely with him to take action on the priorities of Yukoners and all Canadians," Mr. Harper said in a news release.

The prime minister also thanked Mr. Fentie for his tireless work for the people of the Yukon and helping to make the territory a stronger and more prosperous place.

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Mr. Pasloski has lived in Whitehorse for the past two decades, is married and has four children ranging in age from 19 to 26.

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