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Former Guardian editor is UK's Green Party leader

London: Britain's Green Party says it has elected ex-journalist Natalie Bennett as its new leader.

The party, which holds one House of Commons seat, said Monday that the 46-year-old, who was born in Australia, had won a ballot of members.

Bennett was previously the editor of The Guardian Weekly newspaper. She said she would prioritize winning more seats in Parliament and at the European Parliament, where the Greens have two representatives.

Natalie Bennett.

In an acceptance speech, Bennett said the Green Party was "the only viable way forward for British people, for the world."

At the 2010 national election, the Green Party won 0.9 percent of votes, making it the seventh-ranked party.

Previous leader Caroline Lucas stepped down to focus on her role as the party's only legislator at the Commons.

AP