New Zealand: New Prime Minister sworn in

by Lucy Craymer and Alasdair Pal

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was sworn in at an official ceremony on Wednesday, a week after Jacinda Ardern stepped down.

Chris Hipkins, the only candidate in the running to succeed Jacinda Ardern, was confirmed Sunday at the head of the Labor Party.

Jacinda Ardern, who in 2017 became the first woman to come to power in New Zealand, announced last week that she would step down as Prime Minister in early February, saying she no longer “has the strength” to continue to lead the country. country and not wanting to run for a new mandate.

Chris Hipkins’ new cabinet will meet on Wednesday for the first time.

(Report Lucy Craymer and Alasdair Pal; French version Camille Raynaud)

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