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Broad support for new Governor Gen

Published: 7:53AM Tuesday April 04, 2006 Source: RNZ

Governor General designate Anand Satyanand has received broad political support on the announcement he will replace Dame Silvia Cartwright after she completes her five year term in August.

National Party leader Don Brash says Satyanand's experience in judicial and quasi-judicial roles makes him well suited to the role.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says he believes Satyanand is the right person to carry out the diverse role as the Queen's representative in 21st century New Zealand.

The leader of United Future Peter Dunne says with his Fijian, Indian and New Zealand background, he is an excellent choice.

Cartwright is to take up a post on the United Nations Cambodian war crimes tribunal.

A former district and high court judge, Cartwright was shortlisted for the role late last year.

The court of international and Cambodian judges has been set up by the UN to try former Khmer Rouge leaders who are accused of killing hundreds of thousands of civilians during the 1970s.

Meanwhile, Satyanand has expressed confidence in the country's current constitutional arrangements.

As Governor General, he will act on the Prime Minister's advice in summoning and dissolving parliament, and signing legislation into law.

Satyanand says he is an admirer of New Zealand's current constitutional arrangements and the connection with the country's historical past.

He says any changes to that would be a matter for the government and the people.