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Australian senator of 9 years resigns after finding out he's from New Zealand

July 15 (UPI) -- An Australian senator elected three times to Parliament resigned Saturday after revealing he'd learned was a citizen of New Zealand, and thus ineligible to serve.

Scott Ludlam, 47, a deputy leader of the minority Greens Party, apologized to constituents and said he was previously unaware of his New Zealand heritage. He said his family moved to Perth, Australia when he was 3 and was unaware his parents had not renounced his citizenship, leaving him a dual citizen of both nations.

Under the Australian constitution, members of Parliament cannot be anything other than an Australian citizen. The revelation rendered his election moot and an Australian court will have to name his replacement.


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