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Sex assault claims rock Ardern’s New Zealand government

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11.09.2019

NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised Wednesday for her party’s handling of an alleged sexual assault, as a top ally was forced to resign.

In the most serious scandal Ardern has faced since she took office in late 2017, the centre-left leader admitted “mistakes were made” after a Labour Party volunteer accused a senior party staffer of assault last year.

“Raising an allegation of sexual assault is an incredibly difficult thing to do — for additional distress to be caused through the way these allegations are handled is incredibly distressing,” Ardern said in a statement.

The 19-year-old woman alleges the staffer sexually assaulted her at his home in February last year and she reported it to........

© Asian Correspondent