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Libs install Rockliff as island state's new premier after Gutwein exit

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Tasmanian Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff is the island state’s 47th premier, after being elected unopposed by the governing Liberal Party.

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Rockliff replaces Peter Gutwein, who on Monday announced his resignation after 20 years in politics and two years in the top job.

Government Whip Felix Ellis said one nomination was received for the position of premier at a Liberal partyroom meeting on Friday morning.

“Jeremy Rockliff MP has been elected leader,” he said.

Rockliff, 52, who hails from the northwest electorate of Braddon, has been deputy premier since the Liberals came to power in 2014.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson will be the state’s new deputy premier. He was the only MP to nominate for the role.

Ferguson was expected to face-off in a two-way battle with Attorney-General Elise Archer for the position, but Ms Archer pulled out of the race.

Gutwein cited a draining pandemic workload and a desire to spend more time with family as reasons for pulling the pin.

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