INDICE DE GALERIAS
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s political opposition leader said Thursday he’s leaving the top job because he doesn’t think he has the support of his colleagues ahead of national elections next year.
David Shearer led the center-left Labour Party for 20 months but appeared to struggle at times in the spotlight. Opinion polls indicate he never gained much support among New Zealanders as preferred prime minister.
Prime Minister John Key, on the other hand, continues to enjoy high levels of support after first taking office in 2008.
Shearer will remain in Parliament as a lawmaker. He hasn’t yet said if he’ll contest his seat next year.
In a statement, he said it was time for a change.
“There was no letter, there was no ultimatum, there was no vote,” he said. “But from the soundings I have taken from colleagues, I realize I no longer enjoy the confidence of a number of my caucus colleagues.”
Shearer said he came into politics to make a difference and, “I believe I have done that.”
The Labour Party plans to pick a replacement in the coming weeks.
Among those expected to vie for the role are deputy leader Grant Robertson and associate finance spokesman David Cunliffe.
Shearer was elected to Parliament in 2009. He previously worked for the United Nations and was named “New Zealander of the Year” by the New Zealand Herald newspaper in 1993 for his work in Somalia.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Pastor Will and his wife Joyce Hunsaker are well-known in their church for being there for others, especially in times of grief.
A white male in his 30s has been knocking on the doors of elderly women trying to get in.
While it might be fun to decorate your home for the holidays with lights and festive decor, it can come at a price and not just the price you pay for the decorations.
It's only partially what was asked for, but an Iowa healthcare proposal is still getting the okay from the federal government.
Lawmakers are now saying an agreement on the farm bill will likely come in January, after winter storms caused delays.
Fire officials believe a wood burning heater may be to blame for a fire that engulfed an area shed.
The West Hancock after school 4-H club donated hand made holiday decor to the Britt Hospital.
North Iowa Area Community College has added a new position to their staff; a bilingual advisor for incoming students