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New Zealand’s Chris Hipkins set to be officially appointed prime minister

New Zealand’s Governor General will appoint Labour 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.

New Zealand New Prime Minister New leader Chris Hipkins has a high-water mark of just 0.3 per cent in preferred PM polls.
January 25, 2023
25 January 2023

WELLINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) –

New Zealand’s Governor General will appoint Labour 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 Labour party elected former COVID-19 Response and Police
minister Hipkins, 44, to lead the party and the country on
Sunday. This comes after the surprise resignation of Ardern, 42,
who said she had “no more in the tank” to lead the country.

Before Hipkins becomes prime minister, Ardern will tender
her resignation to King Charles’ representative in New Zealand,
Governor General Cindy Kiro. Kiro will then appoint Hipkins to
the role and he will be sworn in.

Hipkins is then set to hold his first meeting with Labour
ministers before fronting to the media.
(Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Josie Kao)

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