New Zealand’s governor-general will appoint Labor leader Chris Hipkins as prime minister in a formal ceremony on Wednesday, the government said following the resignation of outgoing prime minister Jacinda Ardern last week.
The Labor Party on Sunday elected former COVID-19 Response and Police Minister Hipkins (44) to lead the party and the country. This comes after the surprise resignation of Ardern, 42, who said she “didn’t have any more in the tank” to lead the country.
Before Hipkins becomes prime minister, Ardern will tender her resignation to King Charles’ representative to New Zealand, Governor General Cindy Kiro. Kiro will then appoint Hipkins for the role and he will be sworn in.
Hipkins will then hold his first meeting with Labor ministers before going to the media.
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