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WELLINGTON, Jan 25 ― Labour leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as New Zealand’s prime minister in a formal ceremony today, 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.

Hundreds gathered in the grounds of Parliament as Ardern left for the final time, hugging each of her members of parliament in turn, with many looking visibly emotional.

She then travelled to Government House, where she tendered her resignation to King Charles’ representative in New Zealand, Governor General Cindy Kiro.

Hipkins and his deputy Carmel Sepuloni ― the first person of Pacific Islander descent to hold the role ― were then sworn in, in a ceremony lasting a few minutes.

Hipkins, who has so far refused to comment on his policies since being elected leader, will hold his first Cabinet meeting later today.

Known as “Chippy”, Hipkins is well-known to New Zealanders for his competence in tackling Covid-19, though he acknowledged some mistakes in handling the pandemic and faces a tough battle to retain power in an October general election.

A 1News-Kantar poll released in December had Labour’s support falling to 33 per cent from 40 per cent at the start of 2022, meaning Labour would not be able to form a majority even with traditional coalition partner the Green Party at 9 per cent. The opposition National Party has benefited from Labour’s decline. ― Reuters

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