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Alberta's premier resigns amid S. Africa trip scandal

EDMONTON, Alberta--The premier of the western Canadian province of Alberta announced Wednesday she is resigning after being criticized for spending thousands on a trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial.

Premier Alison Redford said her resignation will be effective Sunday.

Redford could not weather weeks of revelations of lavish spending by herself and her government. It began when it surfaced that she had spent US$45,000 on first-class air tickets and a government plane to go to Mandela's memorial in South Africa.

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