Chris Hipkins set to be new New Zealand PM

Chris Hipkins set to be new New Zealand PM
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New Zealand Labour MP Chris Hipkins is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister after becoming the only nominee for the party’s leadership.

He was first elected to parliament in 2008 and was appointed minister for Covid-19 in November 2020.

In Ms Ardern’s shock announcement on Thursday she said she did not have “enough in the tank” to lead.

The amount of time Mr Hipkins will spend in the role is uncertain as New Zealand goes to the polls in October.

He is currently minister for police, education and public service.

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