Ruling Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins takes over as Prime Minister of New Zealand

Chris Hipkins, was sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand today by country’s governor-general,Cindy Kiro, during a ceremony in the capital, Wellington. After formally taking office Chris Hipkins said this was the biggest privilege and responsibility of his life and he was excited by the challenges ahead.

Last week, Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation as the New Zealand PM. She announced that she no longer had “enough in the tank” after leading the nation during its worst natural disaster, terror attack and COVID 19 pandemic.

During her tenure, Chris Hipkins had served as education and police minister. His crisis management during the Covid-19 pandemic brought him into limelight at national front. However, his work and other liberal leaders popularity remained to be dim in front of Jacinda Ardern who was praised globally for her leadership and decisions.

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