Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule.

The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but in a stunning turnaround now command a majority.

Mr Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said Canadians had voted for real change.

Meanwhile, incumbent Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he had congratulated Mr Trudeau, and that the Conservatives would accept the results “without hesitation”.

Mr Harper will stand down as Conservative leader but remain as an MP, his party says.

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