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New Zealand President Jacinda Ardern apologizes for insulting opposition leader

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Aged 42, he has been Prime Minister for five years. (Case)

Wellington:

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has apologized for calling a political rival an “arrogant asshole” in parliament on Tuesday as the prime minister faces a drop in public support.
In the throes of heated parliamentary debate, Ardern took issue when the leader of an opposition party asked her to give an example of a time when she had made a mistake, apologized and corrected it.

The Prime Minister gave an impassioned and detailed response and then, as she sat down, muttered “such an arrogant asshole” which was picked up by the microphones in parliament.

David Seymour, leader of New Zealand’s ACT party, objected to the remark thrown at him and asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives to withdraw it.

Ardern’s office later said she apologized.

The 42-year-old has been prime minister for five years and has won favor around the world for her crisis management and down-to-earth approach to politics.

She was one of the first prime ministers to become a mother during her tenure and enjoyed a very high approval rating for most of her two-term tenure.

But with New Zealand set to go to the polls at the end of 2023 and the cost of living skyrocketing, it is under mounting political pressure.

Support for his Labor party appears to be declining, with the latest opinion polls showing him trailing the opposition National Party by five percentage points.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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