Peter Thiel’s New Zealand citizenship stokes political debate

New Zealand's ruling center-right National Party is heading into an election campaign plagued by questions over a decision to grant citizenship to Peter Thiel, a billionaire tech tycoon and adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump. Thiel was granted citizenship despite not meeting the normal requirement to live in the country for 75 percent of the time over five years, a fact that would normally disqualify an application. Center-left Labour opposition member of Parliament Iain Lees-Galloway said in a statement the granting of citizenship raised "serious questions as to why a New Zealand passport needed to be granted to a wealthy foreign businessman who does not live here".

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