New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, center, and deputy leader Kelvin Davis, left, answer questions from reporters on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
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New Zealand's Labour Party appointed Jacinda Ardern as its new leader after Andrew Little resigned less than two months before a general election, in a move likely to strengthen the opposition's challenge of the governing National Party.Outgoing leader Little said he was stepping down following "disturbing" poll results, backing deputy leader Ardern who has been a member of parliament since 2008 .The last-minute shake-up at the top of New Zealand's Labour party comes after a recent opinion poll showed Labour support slumping to its lowest in more than 20 years, according to New Zealand television's 1 News Now, which commissioned the survey.In the poll taken between July 22 and 27, Labour fell 3 points to 24 percent, while the National Party, remained steady on 47 percent.
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