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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon announces his candidacy for the leadership of the Parti Quebecois on June 3, 2016 in Montreal.

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Another candidate is joining the race to succeed Pierre Karl Péladeau as permanent leader of the Parti Québécois.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is the fifth contender for the sovereigntist party's top job.

The 39-year-old lawyer and political essayist has never held a seat in the provincial legislature.

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He joins former cabinet ministers Alexandre Cloutier, Veronique Hivon, Martine Ouellet and Jean-François Lisée in the race.

The PQ will announce its new leader Oct. 7.

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