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I can't rule out standing - Treasury minister

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TREASURY minister Gavin St Pier yesterday refused to rule himself out of the running to be the next chief minister.

Having previously distanced himself from seeking the role, he has been faced in the last two days with significant lobbying to stand.

Social Security minister Allister Langlois's nomination went in officially yesterday, with clear splits emerging in the Policy Council over who to back.

Deputy St Pier, pictured, said that his preferred choice was to stay at Treasury and support current deputy chief minister Jonathan Le Tocq for the top job.

But if Deputy Le Tocq decided not to run, that could all change.

Asked if he would stand if Deputy Le Tocq did not, he said: 'I can't really comment on that until we know what his position is and whether anyone else is going to step forward.

'My preferred position is to stay at Treasury, I'd like to finish what I started, but it's a question of what unfolds in the next few days. I guess I can't rule anything out.'

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