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New Zealand Just Selected Its Youngest Prime Minister Since 1856

Fortune – Meet 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern.

By Hallie Detrick

October 19, 2017

Former DJ, lapsed Mormon, noted feminist. The back of Jacinda Ardern’s baseball card makes for good reading, and you can now add “youngest prime minister of New Zealand since 1856” to it. She’s 37.

Winston Peters, the leader of the minority New Zealand First party, revealed Ardern’s selection as prime minister on live television with much fanfare on Thursday, announcing that he would support her as leader of a coalition government.

The coalition will make bedfellows of New Zealand First, an anti-immigrant party, and Ardern’s Labour party. They will need the support of the eight Green party MPs to overcome the 50% +1 threshold to pass legislation. The Green party will not formally join the coalition, but will decide whether to give their support on a case-by-case basis.

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