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12 December 2016 - Bill English confirmed as New Zealand's 39th prime minister

Publié par Marion Coste le 12/12/2016
Bill English to succeed John Key as New Zealand Prime Minister after surprise resignation
(ITV News, 12/12/2016)
New Zealand's finance minister Bill English is to be sworn in as the country's new prime minister after his colleagues chose him as the new leader of the National Party.
The 54-year-old former farmer emerged victorious from a meeting of the conservative party caucus after two other candidates withdrew from the race last week.
His ascension from deputy prime minister follows the surprise resignation of John Key after eight years as prime minister.

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'A very good bloke'

'Good bloke' English welcomed as NZ leader
(The Australian, 12/12/2016)
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has congratulated incoming New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English describing him as a "friend" of Australia.
Mr Turnbull called Mr English after he was endorsed by the NZ Nationals caucus on Monday to succeed John Key, who announced his retirement last week after eight years as PM.
"He is a friend of Australia, well-known in Australia," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.

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Social issues

Bill English indicates stronger emphasis on social issues for New Zealand
Audrey Young (New Zealand Herald, 12/12/2016)
New Prime Minister Bill English has signalled his Government will have a stronger emphasis on addressing social issues but says he should not be confused as "Labour light."
"I'm a strong believer that markets work, because people face consequences of their decisions and it's a powerful positive force," he told the Herald.
"At the same time you can still be concerned about what Government does for people. These things aren't mutually exclusive."
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Former Finance Minister

'Boring' Bill English spices up first speech as New Zealand's prime minister
Eleanor Ainge Roy (The Guardian, 12/12/2016)
Bill English, a man who led his party to their worst election defeat in history and has described himself as being ‘boring’, has officially become New Zealand’s new prime minister after John Key’s resignation last week.
Bill English: the Catholic conservative who will be New Zealand's next PM
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In an immediate departure from his predecessor, English quoted a line of poetry in his first press-conference as prime minister, perhaps in an attempt to throw off his reputation as lacking in leadership pizzazz.
“Last Thursday, after it was apparent that I may succeed in the leadership of the National Party, I went to a women’s leadership conference I’d been booked in to speak at, and there I heard a poem performed, by Selina Tusitala Marsh,” he said.
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