New Prime Minister Emerges In New Zealand

By Ikenga Chronicles December 12, 2016

New Prime Minister Emerges In New Zealand

John Key who resigned last week has been replaced by Bill English as New Zealand’s Prime Minister with Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett named as the deputy Prime Minister.

English, who was serving as Finance Minister and deputy Prime Minister for the ruling National Party, was sworn in at Government House in Wellington on Sunday following his appointment as John Keys replacement by the party.

The appointment was confirmed after a meeting of the National Party’s caucus.

In a tweet, English said he was “excited and humbled” to be elected.

National Party President Peter Goodfellow said English and Ms Bennett would be “outstanding leaders” who would “provide a good mixture of experience and fresh thinking” .

“Under their leadership, New Zealanders will continue to benefit from the stable government they expect, along with a dedicated focus on delivering results for families and businesses,” he said.

English joined parliament in 1990 and has held several ministerial posts in education, health and finance.

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