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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern apologized for calling a political rival an “arrogant” in parliament on Tuesday, as the prime minister faced public support.
During heated debate in parliament, Ms Ardern took issue when the leader of an opposition party asked her to give an example of a case where she had made a mistake, apologize and correct.
The Prime Minister gave a detailed, impromptu response, then as she sat down she whispered “what an arrogant bastard” and the microphone in parliament was picked up.
David Seymour, leader of New Zealand’s ACT party, objected to the comment campaigned in his direction and petitioned the speaker of the House of Commons to withdraw it.
Ms Ardern’s office later said she had apologized.
The 42-year-old has been prime minister for five years and has won support around the world for her crisis management and down-to-earth political approach.
She was one of the first prime ministers to become a mother while in office and has enjoyed stellar approval ratings for most of her two-term term.
But with New Zealand expected to go to the polls at the end of 2023 and the cost of living skyrocketing, she is under growing political pressure.
Support for her Labor party appears to be waning, with the latest opinion polls showing them five percentage points behind the opposition National party.
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