Bill English has just been declared prime minister of New Zealand by the National Party on Monday, which came after the unprecedented announcement of John Key’s resignation just last week.
Paula Bennett has been appointed as his deputy prime minister, and expressed her feelings about her being selected by tweeting “Congratulations to our new @NZNationalParty Leader @honbillenglish! I’m so excited & honoured that Caucus chose me to be your Deputy.”
The National Party’s president, Peter Goodfellow remarked on the newest selections and said both Bill and Paula will prove to be a positive team and will introduce different innovative perspectives with their durable experience.
“Under their leadership, New Zealanders will continue to benefit from the stable government they expect, along with a dedicated focus on delivering results for families and businesses,” Mr. Goodfellow said.
Mr. English, 54, served as the prioritized recommendation made by his predecessor Mr. Key, due to his outstanding performance as the minister of finance, thus resulting in New Zealand’s additional financial budget.
Some have expressed though that Mr. English doesn’t have the proper captivation to be serving as prime minister, as shown from the National Party’s downfall from the elections back in 2002.
Mr. English will be responsible for selecting a date for the upcoming election of next year, and among the other candidates that would have served as prime minister were Jonathan Coleman, the minister of health, and Judith Collins, minister of corrections, in which both now have stated they will support Mr. English’s lead.
Mr. English upon hearing about his victory tweeted “Excited and humbled to be elected the new Leader of the @nznationalparty with @paulabennettmp as Deputy Leader.” The elections had been expected to take place in September, but legislators have requested the elections take place before that.