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Chris Hipkins to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern will be succeeded as prime minister of New Zealand by Chris Hipkins.

Jacinda Ardern will step down as prime minister after Chris Hipkins won the Labour Party leadership election on Saturday. Hipkins was a key player in New Zealand’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. At a gathering of Labour’s 64 legislators, or Caucus, Hipkins, 44, is anticipated to be formally sworn in as the party’s next leader on Sunday.

Following the party’s announcement that he was the only candidate, Hipkins stated at a press conference, “I think we’re an exceptionally strong team.” “We’ve remained unified throughout this process, and we will do so moving forward. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be working with such a remarkable group of individuals who are genuinely dedicated to serving the people of New Zealand.

Hipkins refused to discuss his policy ideas in detail. Grant Robertson, the finance minister, will probably stay in his position despite the expected cabinet overhaul, he said. He claimed to have spoken with Anthony Albanese, the prime minister of Australia, who afterwards tweeted that they had “a friendly discussion.”