Premier-designate Jason Kenney addresses the United Conservative caucus in Edmonton on Friday, April 26, 2019. Kenney and his United Conservative party officially take the reins of government in Alberta today.Kenney is to be sworn in as Alberta’s 18th premier this morning, followed by his new cabinet, in a ceremony at Government House in Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jason Kenney officially sworn in as Alberta’s 18th premier

EDMONTON — Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney has been officially sworn in as Alberta’s premier.

The United Conservative leader becomes the 18th person to head the province’s government.

He is expected to hold his first cabinet meeting immediately after his ministers are sworn in.

The ceremony at Government House in Edmonton marks the formal end of the four-year NDP government under former premier Rachel Notley.

Kenney’s UCP defeated the New Democrats in the provincial election April 16 when the party won 63 seats to the NDP’s 24.

Notley has promised to stay on as Opposition leader and will have an experienced caucus that includes 12 former cabinet ministers.

A new session of the legislature is to begin later in May.

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