WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The leader of New Zealand’s main liberal party resigned Saturday after suffering a humiliating election defeat.
Labour Party leader David Cunliffe announced he was quitting but still planned to compete against other candidates in a primary to try and win the leadership back.
The announcement came one week after the Labour Party suffered its worst election result in more than 90 years, winning less than 25 per cent of the vote. The election saw Prime Minister John Key returned to office for a third term after his center-right National Party won 48 per cent of the vote.
In a statement, Cunliffe said he took responsibility for the loss, but also emphasised he had only held the job for a year. He said the party needed a complete overhaul before the next election.
“We need to renew and rebuild our culture, accountabilities, how we do things and present to the world,” he said. “Achieving that in time for the 2017 election will require experienced and determined leadership with a broad mandate.”