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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced the new ministers of parliament, including the appointment of Nanaiya Mahuta for the role of foreign minister; The country’s first indigenous woman to hold the post.
A quarter-century of political prowess, including Maurya’s recent roles as Minister of Development and Local Government, Mahuta is becoming one of the world’s most diverse parliaments. “I’m excited about this team,” Arrd said. “They bring experience from the ground up and from politics. But they represent innovation and also reflect the New Zealand we live in today.”
Mahuta is one of New Zealand’s 16 Mરીori ministers. Members of Parliament Ibrahim Omar and Vanushi Walters, who have contributed to the cultural diversity of the cabinet, are the first leaders of parliament to be of African and Sri Lankan descent.
The country of 8.8 million people is represented by 120 elected members of parliament. At the moment, more than half of those representatives are women and about 10% are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
The New Zealand government is also changing gears by bringing in smaller members of parliament. Rd Arden, who began her second term in October, became the world’s youngest female Prime Minister when she was elected New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister in 2017; She was 37 at the time.
Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Human Lage Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, believes that New Zealand’s Parliament is the most diverse in the country’s history in terms of race, ethnicity and indigenous representation. “What we’ve seen is the departure of many old, male, white MPs who have been in some parliaments for more than 30 years,” Spoonley told Reuters in an October interview.
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