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Ex-Vic premier Baillieu to quit politics

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Former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu will quit politics at the November election.

Mr Baillieu says he won’t recontest his seat of Hawthorn at the November 29 poll.

Mr Baillieu, who stepped down as premier in March 2013, said he hadn’t sought a front bench position and had no desire to return to the ministry.

“On reflection, now is the right time to step aside and provide an opportunity, in time for the party to select, a fresh face to join the Liberal team,” he said in a statement on Friday.

He said Premier Denis Napthine and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan had his full support.

“I am confident that the coalition government with the support of the people of Victoria can secure a further term of government.

“I know that is in the best interests of our state.”

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