Cunliffe resigns as NZ’s Labour leader

WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s Labour Party looks set for a potentially ugly leadership battle after the resignation of David Cunliffe.

Mr Cunliffe stepped down as leader after the party’s worst election result in 92 years.

He indicated he believed he was still the person for the top job, and said he would run against Grant Robertson, the only other candidate to be nominated for the leadership so far.

The pair have already taken thinly veiled swipes at each other.

The Labour caucus elected Mr Cunliffe’s former deputy David Parker as interim leader.

He said he hoped the leadership issue would be resolved before Christmas.

Prime minister John Key’s National Party is expected to have an outright majority when final election results are declared on Saturday.

The National Party has shored up its governing majority by signing deals with two minor parties.

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