WELLINGTON (AFP) - The leader of New Zealand's main opposition Labour Party quit on Tuesday (Aug 1) just weeks before a general election, citing "disappointing" opinion polls.
Outgoing Andrew Little said the centre-left party needed a fresh team at the top for the September 23 election after its support plunged to 20-year-lows of between 23 and 24 per cent.
"Recent poll results have been disappointing. As leader, I must take responsibility for these results," he said.
"I do take responsibility and believe that Labour must have an opportunity to perform better under new leadership through to the election."
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Little stepped down immediately, with the Labour caucus set to elect a replacement later Tuesday. He backed his deputy Jacinda Ardern for the role.
The centre-right National Party-led coalition under Prime Minister Bill English is seeking a fourth term in the election and comfortably leads in the polls.