The Prime Minister of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, has resigned after it was revealed that she was being investigated by a commission of inquiry.
Berejiklian has been the face during the pandemic and has appeared in the media almost daily with reports of the number of infections, deaths and restrictions. The announcement of the departure means the country’s largest state lacks a leader in a situation where the multimillion-dollar city of Sydney is expected to reopen after months of tight lockdown.
The review revolves around a conflict of interest between Gladys Berejiklian’s political mission and private interests, between 2012 and 2018. It emerged that at the time Berejiklian was in a relationship with a local MP and there are suspicions that she favored organizations in his constituency financially and failed to report, rather than promote, for his misdeeds.
Gladys Berejiklian denies all the allegations.
– I vehemently claim that I have always acted with the highest possible integrity, she says at a press conference.
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