New Zealand's main opposition party elected a new leader after a slump in opinion polls spooked its members of Parliament four months out from a general election.
National Party MPs backed agriculture spokesman Todd Muller to replace Mr Simon Bridges in a caucus vote on Friday (May 22) in Wellington.
New National leader Todd Muller today.
Muller, 51, said his focus was on helping New Zealand's economy recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
"New Zealanders need a National government with the experience and management skills to get our country through the worst crisis since the end of the Second World War", Muller said in a statement.Читайте также: Wall Street cheers L Brand's plan to close 250 Victoria's Secret stores
Bridges, a former police prosecutor, has been accused in recent weeks of striking the wrong tone with the New Zealand public by attacking aspects of the Ardern government's coronavirus response. But Ardern's leadership since then has been praised, while Bridges' criticism of some of her actions appeared to be turning away even some of National's longtime supporters.
Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye has been elected as the new deputy leader.
Ardern's rating as preferred prime minister was 63 percent, up 21 points to the highest figure recorded by any lawmaker in the survey's 25-year history.
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