New Zealand Prime Minister Announced

Over a decade after his unsuccessful attempt at becoming the nation’s leader, Bill English has been elected to become New Zealand’s 39th Prime Minister.

His election comes after John Key’s surprise resignation on Monday afternoon, and members of the National Party held a special caucus to choose their next leader.

Paula Bennett is poised to succeed Mr English as his deputy.


Both Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Police Minister Judith Collins stood down from the race on Thursday, after it became clear the 54-year-old finance minister had the backing of the majority of the 59-member caucus.