NEW ZEALAND LABOUR’S JACINDA ARDERN WINS NEGOTIATIONS TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER
In a surprising move, New Zealand’s maverick kingmaker and leader of New Zealand First Party, the Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, has agreed to form a coalition with New Zealand Labour, making Ms Jacinda Ardern MP the Prime Minister Designate of our brethren across the ditch.
The news came in spite of now former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Bill English MP’s, claim that the New Zealand Nationals had one a “fresh” centre-right mandate by outpolling Labour at last month’s election.
Ms Ardern confirmed last night Mr Peters had been offered the post of Deputy Prime Minister in a coalition also likely to include the Greens.
Yesterday’s deal sealed a famous victory for Ms Ardern, who at 37, becomes the nation’s second-youngest leader. Ms Ardern assumed the Labour leadership only three months ago and immediately boosted the party’s image and electability, under what the media dubbed, “Jacindamania”.
Australia’s Prime Minister was quick to congratulate Ms Ardern via a phone call last night and confirmed plans were underway for a face-to-face meeting. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, who had previously said uncharitable things about New Zealand’s Labour Party (following meddling in the citizenship affairs of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP) was quick to reassure Australians she welcomed the news, at a hastily arranged press conference while leaving Canberra Airport on Thursday evening.