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Jacinda Ardern to become the Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Jacinda Ardern will become prime minister of New Zealand as the Labour Party retakes power after nine years in the cold.

Ardern learnt she’s the new leader of the country at the same time as the public did – just after 7pm on Thursday, reports Stuff NZ.

National leader Bill English found out he lost the role of prime minister at the same time.

NZ First leader Winston Peters has been offered the role of deputy prime minister as part of the coalition negotiations with Labour.

During a much-anticipated announcement, Peters didn’t mention the Greens in the coalition deal, but said he negotiated with Labour and it was for that party to sort out an agreement with the Greens.

The decision comes 26 days since the general election and after 11 days of formal negotiations between NZ First and National and Labour.