New Zealand's ruling Labor Party elected Chris Hipkins as the country's 41st prime minister

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New Zealand's ruling Labor Party on 22 January elected Chris Hipkins as its leader and the country's 41st prime minister, replacing Ms Jacinda Ardern.

An overview of the news

  • Hipkins was the only candidate for the position and was confirmed by 64 MPs in what is known as the Labor caucus.

  • Known as "Chippy", Hipkins played a key role in the response to COVID-19.

  • He was first elected to Parliament in 2008 for the Labor Party.

  • He was appointed Minister of Health in July 2020 before becoming the Minister of COVID Response.

  • Before Hipkins can officially become prime minister, Ardern must submit her resignation to King Charles III's representative in New Zealand, Governor General Cindy Kiro.

  • Kiro Hipkins will then be appointed to the role and sworn in.

  • The Labour party has also selected Carmel Sepuloni as the deputy prime minister.

About New Zealand

  • Prime Minister: Chris Hipkins

  • Capital: Wellington

  • Currency : New Zealand dollar

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