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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her new Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta — the first woman ever to hold the role. Photo: Kerry Marshall/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday her "incredibly diverse" new 20-member Cabinet, as she revealed Finance Minister Grant Robertson would also serve as deputy prime minister — the first openly gay New Zealander to hold the position.

Of note: Ardern spoke during her first term of the need to improve the gender balance in government and women and members of New Zealand's Māori community are well represented in the new Cabinet.

"It is both a Cabinet with huge merit and talent, which also happens to be incredibly diverse. .... These are individuals who have been promoted for what they bring to the Cabinet, they also reflect the New Zealand that elected them. I think as a country we should be proud of this."
— Ardern's news conference remarks

The big picture: Women now hold eight of the full Cabinet positions and make up 43% of Ardern's wider administration, per the Conversation. 53% of the Labour caucus and 47% of parliament is female. The global average is about 25%.

  • Five Labour members of parliament and 25% of executive are Māori. And Ardern named Māori Nanaia Mahuta as foreign affairs minister — the first woman to hold the position in New Zealand's parliamentary history.
  • Meanwhile, Green Party co-leader, Marama Davidson, who is Māori, holds a ministerial portfolio outside of Cabinet.
  • And just under 10% of all members in the new parliament are from the LGBTQ community, TVNZ notes.

Go deeper: Jacinda Ardern claims historic victory in New Zealand election

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the Cabinet, further context and to correct an earlier version that incorrectly referred to Greens co-leader James Shaw as gay.

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Nancy Pelosi's public endorsement of Rep. Deb Haaland to be Interior secretary alleviates pressure on the House speaker from Native American groups — and throws it right back on Biden to put the New Mexico Democrat in his Cabinet.

Why it matters: The president-elect has been casting about to find an Interior secretary he both desires and adds diversity to a Cabinet he's pledged will resemble the American people. The Democrats' fear about losing their slim majority in the House had given him a reason not to pick Haaland, despite her wide tribal backing.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.