Hipkins, 44, has promised to focus on the economy. After becoming prime minister, Hipkins will hold office for less than nine months. There will be a general election in the country in October.
Labor Party leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand in a formal ceremony, days after the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Labor Party elected Hipkins, a 44-year-old minister, to lead the party and the country. The move followed the surprise resignation of 42-year-old Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised to focus on the economy. After becoming prime minister, Hipkins will hold office for less than nine months. There will be a general election in the country in October. According to pre-election polls, the position of the Labor Party is better than the main rival ‘National Party’.
He will have less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls indicating his Labor Party is outpacing its conservative opposition. New Zealand’s Governor-General Cindy Kiro conducted a brief swearing-in ceremony in front of her friends and colleagues after first accepting Ardern’s resignation. Meanwhile, Carmel Sepuloni was also sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, the first time a person of Pacific Island heritage took up the role. He congratulated Hipkins and thanked him for believing in him. After the ceremony, Hipkins told reporters: “It feels so surreal now.
Let us tell you that the surprise resignation of Jacinda Ardern had raised the crisis of re-electing the Prime Minister in front of the Labor Party. A poll by local media organization Stuff showed Chris Hipkins was the most popular candidate for PM among voters with 26 per cent support. After becoming Prime Minister, Hipkins will hold the post for less than 8 months. After this there will be general elections.