The New Zealand National Party voted to overthrow current opposition leader Judith Collins after a three-hour emergency meeting on November 25.
Her deputy, Shane Reti, will be interim leader until the intraparty vote on November 30.
National Party MPs and Shadow Cabinet members called a crisis meeting after Collins moved to demote former party leader Simon Bridges – a former opposition leader – who was revealed to have made an obscene comment on fellow faction member Jackie in 2017 Dina.
While the issue was dealt with by then Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, comments reappeared last week.
“When my colleague told me about her serious misconduct charges against a senior colleague, I knew I was likely to lose leadership if I took it so seriously,” Collins wrote. Twitter November 25…
After formally announcing her resignation, she said she was delighted to be a representative of Papakura’s electorate again.
“I was honored to take over the leadership of @NZNationalParty at the worst of times, within 16 months. It took tremendous stamina and determination and was especially difficult due to many factors, ”she said.
I am happy to announce that I am again just a MP for Papakura. I was honored to take the lead @NZNationalParty at the worst of times and do it for 16 months. It took a lot of stamina and determination, and it was especially difficult because …
– Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) November 24, 2021
“I am proud of the support I received from Dr. Shane Reti, a principled person, and will continue to defend not only Papakura, but those who have no voice.”
Collins took over the role in July 2020 following the resignation of Todd Mueller.
She also presided over a major defeat in the national elections in October 2020 to incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, but continued to be the most popular leader in the ranks of the National Party.
However, the party struggled to gain traction as COVID-19 raged across the country.
The incumbent governments tend to have a dominant position in the fight against the pandemic.
In neighboring Australia, for example, four incumbent state and territory leaders scored convincing electoral victories, with some parties on the verge of losing government prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.