In this Aug. 16, 2017 file photo, New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern sits with a student in their classroom during a visit to Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
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New Zealand's new opposition leader Jacinda Ardern is at the centre of a second sexism row not even a month after taking the reins of the Labour Party and almost single-handedly reigniting its chances at a national election in September.Gareth Morgan, a prominent New Zealand businessman who founded the progressive Opportunities Party last year, drew ire on Sunday after making the comments during a Twitter conversation bemoaning Ardern as an example of the rise of politics driven by popular personalities, which he said distracted voters from policy.With Labour facing a crushing defeat at the Sept. 23 election, Ardern took over in the hope she could breathe new life into the party.Labour surged 13 points to 37 percent in a poll released last week, while the National Party dropped three points to 44 percent, setting the stage for the nationalistic NZ First party to play kingmaker.
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