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New Zealand Opposition Leader Rolled After Move to Demote MP Backfireson November 25, 2021 at 7:22 am

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New Zealand’s (NZ) National Party has voted to oust current opposition leader Judith Collins following a three-hour emergency meeting on Nov. 25. Her deputy Shane Reti will be the interim leader until an internal party vote on Nov. 30. National Party MPs and members of the shadow cabinet called a crisis caucus after Collins moved to demote former party leader Simon Bridges—a former opposition leader—who was found to have made a lewd comment in 2017 towards fellow caucus member Jacqui Dean. While the issue was dealt with at the time by then-Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, the comments resurfaced again last week. “I knew when I was confided in by a female colleague regarding her allegation of serious misconduct against a senior colleague that I would likely lose the leadership by taking the matter so seriously,” Collins wrote on Twitter on Nov. 25. In formally announcing her resignation, she said …

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