New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern faces first major crisis after communications minister resigns

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New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern faces first major crisis after communications minister resigns

Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, faced her first major crisis Friday over her handling of a gaffe-prone minister's resignation.

Ms Ardern swept to power on a wave of "Jacinda-mania" late last year, with her centre-left Labour Party leading a coalition that promised "a government of change".

The optimism surrounding her administration was enhanced in June when she gave birth to daughter Neve, becoming only the second female leader in the world to have a baby in office.

But her lustre has dimmed in recent weeks amid policy squabbles with coalition partners and plummeting business confidence.

Ms Ardern revealed Friday that her government had suffered its first casualty, with Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran resigning after using a private email account to conduct government business.

Ms C urran, who had been disciplined twice previously for failing to declare meetings, said she faced "intolerable pressure" and did not want to become a distraction for the government.

But it was the way Ms Ardern dealt with the problem that drew most criticism, with opponents accusing her of misleading the public.

Source: Google News New Zealand | Netizen 24 New Zealand

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