Bill English confirmed as New Zealand's next Prime Minister
The appointments were confirmed after a meeting of the National Party's caucus. He was sworn in at Government House in Wellington on Monday. Social housing minister Paula Bennett has been named as deputy prime minister
New Zealand's ruling National Party has appointed Bill English as the country's new prime minister on Monday following last week's shock resignation of his predecessor John Key.
The appointments were confirmed after a meeting of the National Party's caucus. He was sworn in at Government House in Wellington on Monday. Social housing minister Paula Bennett has been named as deputy prime minister.
"Congratulations to my good friend @honbillenglish on becoming the new leader of the @nznationalparty and the next Prime Minister of NZ," Mr Key tweeted soon after the announcement.
Mr English is a career politician, having entered Parliament in 1990 and stayed there ever since. His early years in politics were a roller coaster. He was promoted into the Cabinet in 1996 and served as health minister and finance minister before the 1999 election. National lost, and two years later its caucus selected Mr English as leader, backing him to turn the party around in the 2002 vote.
In his first speech following his election, he said he would lead a "strong team of MPs, full of ideas". He described Ms Bennett as "smart, accomplished and energetic", BBC has reported.
"Under their leadership, New Zealanders will continue to benefit from the stable government they expect, along with a dedicated focus on delivering results for families and businesses," he said.