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New Zealand could become a republic however, not any time in the future, Ardern says

FILE PHOTO – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, July 7, 2022. Dean Lewins/Pool via REUTERS

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SYDNEY, Sept 13 (Reuters) – New Zealand won’t actively take any measures to become republic in the short-term following the death of Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, though she expects the Pacific nation will eventually become one.

“I’ve never sensed the urgency. There’s so many challenges we face. It is a large, significant debate. Don’t believe it’s one which would or should occur quickly,” Ardern told reporters on Monday when asked if the change in the British monarch will spark talks of republicanism in the united kingdom.

New Zealand is among 15 realms to count the British Monarch as head of state including Australia and Canada, even though role is basically ceremonial. But there’s been debate for quite a while on if the Pacific nation should turn into a republic, with a citizen because the head of state.

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“I really do think that is where New Zealand will head with time. I really believe its more likely to occur in my own lifetime but I don’t view it as a short-term measure or whatever is on the agenda any time in the future,” Ardern said.

New Zealand will mark the passage of Queen Elizabeth with circumstances memorial service and a one-off public holiday on Sept. 26, Ardern said. Ardern will represent New Zealand, alongside the Governor General, at the Queen’s funeral, and can leave for London on Wednesday.

The Queen’s passing in addition has reignited debates on the future of the monarchy over the Tasman Sea in Australia. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who has previously voiced support for a republic, has said his Labor government wouldn’t normally seek a referendum in its first term. read more

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Reporting by Renju Jose and Lewis Jackson;Editing by Chris Reese

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