Chris Hipkins is New Zealand’s new PM

Chris Hipkins. [File Photo]

Chris Hipkins has been sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, a week after Jacinda Ardern’s resignation. The 44-year-old was formally appointed to the role in Wellington.

Hipkins built a reputation as the minister who led New Zealand’s COVID strategy.

At the ruling Labour Party’s caucus over the weekend, Hipkins received unanimous support to be promoted to lead the country, and now faces the uphill task of retaining power in the upcoming general elections in October.

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