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Ardern’s Labour May Face By-Election Test as Rebel MP Quits

Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

New Zealand’s governing Labour Party may face a by-election in coming months after rebel member of parliament Gaurav Sharma announced he is resigning.

Sharma was expelled from the Labour caucus in August for repeated breaches of the rules, but remained an MP representing the Hamilton West electorate. Labour planned to remove him from parliament within six months of next year’s general election so as to avoid a by-election, Sharma said in a Facebook post Tuesday in Wellington.