New Zealand Opposition Leader Quits After Seven Weeks
Umer Jamshaid 30 days ago Tue 14th July 2020 | 01:50 AM
Wellington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jul, 2020 ) :New Zealand's opposition leader Todd Muller quit Tuesday after just seven weeks in the role, leaving his party in disarray with an election against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looming in two months.
"For that reason I will be stepping down as leader effective immediately." Muller ousted his predecessor Simon Bridges as leader of the centre-right National Party on May 22 amid polls showing record backing for Ardern ahead of the September 19 election.
The youthful leader had faced criticism from Muller after personal details of 18 active COVID-19 cases were sent to the media, but the attack backfired when it emerged last week that the leak came from a member of his own party.
His deputy Nikki Kaye is seen as a possible successor, along with the more conservative Judith Collins.