Aref Salem named interim leader of Ensemble Montréal following Coderre's exit

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Aref Salem will lead the official opposition at Montreal city hall, following Denis Coderre's exit from politics.  (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Aref Salem will lead the official opposition at Montreal city hall, following Denis Coderre's exit from politics. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Aref Salem, a longtime city councillor, is taking over the leadership of the official opposition at Montreal's city hall.

Salem was introduced as the interim leader of Ensemble Montréal, during a news conference on Tuesday morning.

On Nov. 7, Valérie Plante handily defeated Denis Coderre, the party's previous leader, to retain her seat as Montreal mayor.

Last Friday, Coderre announced he was quitting politics for good.

During the most recent municipal elections, Salem was elected as a city councillor in the Saint-Laurent borough for a fourth consecutive time.

On Tuesday, Salem said he would remain as the party's interim leader for at least three years and get the party ready to take back city hall in 2025.

"We have a lot of challenges in front of us," Salem said, while also referring to Ensemble Montréal as a party in need of a rebuild following its latest defeat.

From 2013 to 2017, Salem was in charge of the transportation file for the city's executive committee, under the Coderre administration.

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