Laval searches for interim mayor

Laval's interim mayor is likely to come from Gilles Vaillancourt's majority party.
Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt's replacement has until 4:30 p.m. today to announce his or her candidacy for interim mayor. (CBC)

Potential candidates for the job of interim mayor of Laval have until the end of today to come forward.

Only elected councillors are elligible for the role and have until 4:30 p.m. today to register.

The person selected is likely to be from the same party as the city's former mayor, Gilles Vaillancourt.

The governing PRO-des-Lavallois party holds all but one seat on the city council.

Basile Angelopoulos, the vice-chair of the city's executive committee, has been at the helm of the city since Vaillancourt's resignation on Friday, following allegations of corruption.

Councillors Benoit Fradet and Jacques St-Jean have both confirmed they will not run.

Robert Bordeleau, head of the unelected opposition Service du Citoyen party, said he wishes it was possible to elect a candidate who is not a member of Vaillancourt's party.