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Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of Britain's Labour Party

The party announced that Corbyn won almost 62 percent of the more than 500,000 votes

Published: 24th September 2016 04:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2016 04:36 PM   |  A+A-

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Jeremy Corbyn smiles as he leaves the stage after he is announced as the new leader of The Labour Party during the Labour Party Leadership Conference in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Corbyn will now lead Britain's main opposition party.

By AP

LONDON: Veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected head of Britain's Labour Party, defeating a challenge to his year-old leadership of the divided opposition party.

The party announced Saturday that Corbyn won almost 62 percent of the more than 500,000 votes cast by Labour members and supporters.

Corbyn, a long-time back-bench lawmaker was elected last year to lead Labour, which governed between 1997 and 2010 but has lost two successive general elections.

He has strong grass-roots support from followers dubbed "Corbynistas," but many Labour legislators believe his left-wing views are out of step with public opinion.

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