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NEW ZEALAND'S DIVERSE CABINET SWORN IN

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern was formally sworn-in for her second term as prime minister, along with her ministers who make up the country's most diverse Cabinet ever, according to Kyodo News.

Among those sworn-in on Friday were newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, the first openly gay person to hold the position, and Nanaia Mahuta, the first Maori woman to become foreign minister.


According to local media, of those in the Cabinet, 40 percent are women, 25 percent are Maori, 15 percent identify as LGBT and 15 percent are of Pacific islander background.


"Sitting at this table is Aotearoa New Zealand," Ardern said at the ceremony, using the Maori name for the nation of roughly 5 million.




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