Jacinda Ardern has been formally appointed as Prime Minister of New Zealand on Friday, returning to office for a second term last month after securing an overwhelming victory in the national elections.
Per India Today, Ardern and her ministers were sworn in by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy during a ceremony at Wellington’s Government House.
“I would say simply that sitting at this table is Aotearoa New Zealand,” Ardern said, gesturing to her gathered team, in which women and Maori are strongly represented.
“They collectively represent a range of different perspectives, huge talent, enormous experience and, as you would expect in any time of crisis, a huge commitment to serving this country.”
Prime Minister Arden’s Liberal Labor Party won 49% of the party’s votes in the election, setting a record for the first party to win enough seats since 1996. On the other hand, the opposition center-right National Party can only get 27% of the votes. Voting and 35 seats
The newly appointed cabinet is touted for its diversity, as almost half of the members are women, while about 10% of the members are publicly recognized as LGBTQ. New Zealand’s new Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson (Grant Robertson) is also confirmed to be a member of the LGBTQ community.
“This is a cabinet and an executive based on merit, which happens to be very diverse, and I am proud of it,” Arden said when announcing the cabinet. “They reflect the New Zealand that elected them.”