Election 2023: The Opportunities Party leader Raf Manji resigns after failing to make Parliament

Raf Manji.
Raf Manji. Photo credit: The Opportunities Party


The leader of The Opportunities Party is standing down from his role after failing to get into Parliament this election.

Raf Manji posted the announcement to his followers on social media after an annual meeting with the party board and members.

"It wasn't an easy decision to make but after a great deal of consideration I felt it was the right one for me and it's time to hand it over to the next generation," he said.

The Opportunities Party received 2.22 percent of the general vote in October's election, not enough for the five percent threshold to enter Parliament.

Raf Manji was also bidding for the Christchurch seat of Ilam however came second behind National candidate Hamish Campbell by 7800 votes.

Manji said despite not being successful, the party still made a positive impression with over 63,000 votes.

"I have been fortunate to have a fantastic core team and it has been a pleasure to also work with so many committed volunteers and supporters."

He said the party will hold a meeting early next year to discuss its future.