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Dan Miller to become new B.C. premier

British Columbia's new premier is expected to be sworn in either Tuesday or Wednesday. Deputy Premier Dan Miller is taking over from Glen Clark who resigned Saturday.

Clark said he felt obligated to resign after it was revealed Friday he's under criminal investigation for his alleged role in helping a friend, Dimitrios Pilarinos, get a casino licence.

Deputy Premier Dan Miller was appointed interim premier by unanimous decision from the NDP caucus Saturday afternoon.

Miller says he will remain premier only until a leadership convention is held. He will not be a candidate.

"The caucus' feeling --and I think the party will feel the same way-- is that we should move expeditiously to convene a leadership convention which will elect a new leader," Miller said Saturday.

Clark says he made the decision to resign after realizing it would be wrong for him to continue as premier.

"No premier should be driven from office by the existence of an investigation that remains incomplete and much of which has already been disproven," he said.

Despite his resignation, Clark continues to insist he has done nothing wrong, that the accusations against him are "scurrilous" and the investigation will prove it.

"I'm completely confident I will be exonerated and cleared," Clark said in a relaxed tone.

Clark is the third consecutive B.C. premier to leave office over allegations of misconduct. The others were NDP Premier Mike Harcourt and Social Credit Premier Bill VanderZalm.

Clark says he has known since March, when his house was raided, that he would eventually have to resign.

The former premier was officially informed of the criminal investigation on Tuesday by his attorney general. B.C. Attorney Genral Ujjal Dosanjh learned of it March 3 -- the day after RCMP conducted a search of the premier's home -- but was not able to inform the premier.

The announcement of the criminal investigation Friday came just hours after a B.C. judge agreed to release some of the information that helped RCMP get their search warrant to raid 14 locations around Vancouver, including Clark's home.

About half of the information was released, including surveillance reports and allegations from an unnamed source. The information did not include details from wiretaps.

The unnamed source alleges Clark received renovations to his home in exchange for political influence.

Dosanjh says no charges have been laid. That decision will be left to the police, he says.

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