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Chris Hipkins confirmed as new Prime Minister

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Chris Hipkins has been confirmed as New Zealand’s Prime Minister.

Hipkins will become New Zealand’s 41st Prime Minister with Cabinet minister Carmel Sepuloni has been appointed deputy prime minister.

He said the opportunity to become Prime Minister is the biggest privilege of his life and his eyes are wide open for the challenges that lie ahead.

“I am absolutely humbled and honoured,” he says about the Labour Party caucus choosing him.

“There is still a bit to go in this process. There is still a meeting tomorrow and a vote, and I don’t want to get too far ahead of that.

“I do want to thank them for the way the process has been handled. I do think we’re an incredibly strong team. We have gone through this process with unity and we will continue to do that.”

Hipkins was the only nominee to replace Jacinda Ardern, following her shock resignation.

Who is Chris Hipkins?

Chris Hipkins was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 and has since been re-elected multiple times.

Prior to his political career, Hipkins worked as a teacher and a union representative. He is known for his strong advocacy for education and worker’s rights, and has been involved in several major education reform initiatives during his time in office.

Hipkins is also a member of the Education and Science select committee and a member of the parliamentary education and research service.

 

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