NEW ZEALAND - National Party Leadership Crisis

by Eva Wagner, Programme Coordinator Rule of Law, Energy and Development Policy

This is the latest edition of KAS Australia's Digital Snapshot - a potpourri of current affairs from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The weekly digital snapshot provides an analysis of selected media and think tank articles, intended to offer an overview of the debate in these countries. The original version includes hyperlinks and links for further reading.

The National Party of New Zealand is in turmoil. Todd Muller, its new (now former) party leader has resigned. The resignation came just 53 days after his rise to this position (22 May) and only 67 days before the elections (19 September), if one were to disregard overseas voting (as of 2 September) and advance voting (as of 5 September) (see Timeline).

Todd Muller explained that the role had taken a heavy toll on him and his family, that the situation had become untenable from a health perspective, and that he was not the best person to be the leader.


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