Monday, 12 December 2016
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s ruling National Party appointed Bill English as the country’s new prime minister on Monday following last week’s shock resignation of his predecessor John Key.
The centre-right National Party caucus met to confirm the decision on Monday morning with English to be officially sworn in at Government House in Wellington later in the day.
Paula Bennett was named as deputy prime minister.
English, 54, was Key’s preferred candidate to succeed him after serving as finance minister and returning New Zealand’s budget to surplus.
A farmer with degrees in commerce and literature, he has been in parliament since 1990 and was previously leader of the National Party in 2002 when it suffered its worst election defeat.
The popular Key resigned for family reasons, having recently marked his eighth anniversary as prime minister and tenth year as leader of the Nationals.
Source by: Internet