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Assembly of First Nations Vote for Chief Goes to Second Ballot

July 18, 2012

Shawn Atleo and five other candidates are vying to lead Canada’s Assembly of First Nations after no candidate won enough support in the first round of voting to select the head of the country’s main native group.

Atleo, 45, the current national chief, leads after the first ballot with 284 of 540 votes cast, said Loretta Lambert, chief electoral officer of the assembly. Canada’s native leaders are voting in Toronto today. The winning chief needs 60 percent support.

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