Chris Hipkins has been sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister.
The 44-year-old was formally appointed to the role in Wellington, a week after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation.
At the ruling Labour Party’s caucus over the weekend, Hipkins received unanimous support to be promoted to lead the country, and now faces the challenge of retaining power in the upcoming general elections in October.
He has built a reputation as the minister who led New Zealand’s Covid-19 strategy.
Hipkins’ predecessor Jacinda Ardern said she no longer has "enough in the tank" to lead the country.
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