The Herald has reported that David Shearer is expected to resign, forcing a by election in the new year.
Labour MP David Shearer is poised to resign from Parliament to take up the tough job of leading the United Nations’ mission in war-torn South Sudan.
The latest political bombshell will mean a byelection in his Mt Albert electorate early next year, the first electoral challenge for the new Prime Minister.
A recommendation for his appointment has been put before the UN Security Council in New York by outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
Once approved this week, Shearer will work alongside the commander of 18,000 peace-keepers, with a budget of about $1 billion.
Any of the Security Council’s 15 members has two days to object, but given Shearer’s previous experience as a senior UN leader in trouble-spots, he is likely to be accepted.
Shearer has not confirmed and it appears the appointment requires approval. If the appointment was delayed until April then a by election could be avoided.