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Ryan Cleary has resigned as the NDP candidate for the federal riding of St. John's South–Mount Pearl. (CBC)

Ryan Cleary has resigned as the NDP candidate for the federal riding of St. John's South–Mount Pearl.

Cleary, the former editor–in–chief of Newfoundland and Labrador's Independent newspaper and a private radio host, said he wants to work as a journalist again.

He wrote a note about his decision on his blog fishermansroad.blogspot.com/  

"Effective Oct. 27th, I resigned as NDP candidate for the federal riding, and as a member of the party –severing all affiliation," he wrote.

"I've written several articles in recent months for publication and hope to write more, which creates a professional conflict. You cannot be a politician and a journalist - it's one or the other. I've chosen to return to journalism."