Chris Hipkins was sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Chris Hipkins was elected on January 22 to replace Jacinda Ardern, who left her job as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Hipkins, who was also elected leader of the Labor Party, was sworn in. Hipkins, who was sworn in with his deputy Carmel Sepuloni at the inauguration ceremony in the capital, Wellington, took office as the country’s 41st Prime Minister. After the inauguration ceremony, the New Zealand Prime Minister, who first met with his cabinet and then with members of the press, said: “New Zealanders will see that the issue of living costs is at the center of our work program in the coming weeks. This is our priority as the government, and they will see concrete evidence of this,” he said.
HE WILL STAY IN OFFICE UNTIL OCTOBER
Hipkins will assume the post of Prime Minister until the general elections on 14 October. Hipkins took office as Minister of Health in July 2020, and was later appointed as Minister of Combating Covid-19 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Hipkins is known for his fights against Covid-19.
THE YOUNGEST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER
Ardern will have left office until February 7th. Ardern became the world’s youngest female prime minister when she was elected Prime Minister in 2017 at the age of 37. Ardern became the second Prime Minister to become a mother while in office, after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATORY
Jacinda Ardern had announced on January 19 that she would resign from the leadership of the Labor Party and the post of Prime Minister. Lawmakers from the ruling Labor Party held a vote to elect the country’s new Prime Minister and party leader. The only candidate, 44-year-old Education and Police Minister Chris Hipkins, was elected as the country’s new Prime Minister and Labor Party leader.