Oliver North forced out as NRA president amid bitter power struggle

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North, in conflict with chief executive Wayne LaPierre, says he was ‘informed’ he would not be renominated when term ends

Oliver North appeared to be heading out of the National Rifle Association amid a dramatic and fast-developing power struggle at the top of the influential gun rights organization.

North announced during the annual NRA meeting in Indianapolis he had been told he could not seek re-election as president, ending a brief one-year tenure.

The unexpected moved comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that North and long-serving NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre were locked in conflict over the group’s future direction and a swirl of legal troubles.

“Please know I hoped to be with you today as NRA president endorsed for re-election. I’m now informed that that will not happen,” North said in a letter read at the NRA’s national convention by the group’s second vice-president Richard Childress.

It was unclear exactly what North’s announcement meant amid the apparent power struggle, and it comes before a key meeting of the group’s board on Monday, when North’s term ends.

North, a longtime conservative commentator best known for his central role in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair, said in his letter he was being forced out due to his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties.

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