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Merc Announces Election of New Director

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2010) - Merc International Minerals Inc. ("Merc" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:MRK) announced today that John McBride was elected to Merc's Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting held on January 28, 2010, replacing a seat vacated by Carlos Yrigoyen.

Mr. McBride, ICD.D has been the Managing Director of CC Capital Partners Group since December 1987. He has been a significant shareholder, director, or played an advisory role in several private and public companies during his career, including SOFTIMAGE INC., Northfield Capital Corporation, Phoenix Coal Inc., Anaconda Mining Inc., Andina Minerals Inc., Moto Goldmines Limited, Katanga Mining Limited, Bridgeport Ventures Inc., First Majestic Silver and Brionor Resources (formerly Normabec Mining Resources Ltd.), Merc International Mining Inc., Quest Oil and Gas Inc., Pearl Exploration and Productions Ltd., (formerly Pan Global Energy Ltd.), Caspian Energy Inc., Artek Exploration Ltd. (formerly Costa Energy Inc.), INI Power Systems Inc., Mightex Inc., B.F. Realty Inc., MHI Energy Partners LLP and Hosted Data Transactions Solutions Inc. (formerly Dexit Inc.).

Mr. McBride obtained his ICD.D corporate director designation through the Rotman Business School, and is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Prior to forming CC Capital, he was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. Mr. McBride began his career as a trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Michael Byron, Merc's President and CEO commented, "We would like to thank Carlos for his contributions to the Company and are pleased to have John join Merc's Board of Directors. John's knowledge of finance and capital markets and his overall experience in advancing junior exploration companies will be an asset to Merc."

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on assumptions and judgments of management regarding future events or results. Such statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update such statements.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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