Jacinda Ardern left Parliament for the last time as Prime Minister this morning and is heading to Government House to officially tender her resignation and move to the backbenches. According to RNZ, Hipkins and incoming Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni arrived at the ceremony at around 11.20am, with Hipkins indicating that fighting the “pandemic of inflation” would be a top priority for his cabinet.
Hipkins was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and will be appointed Minister for Covid-19 in November 2020.
He was the Minister of Police, Education and Public Service.
Jacinda Ardern’s unexpected resignation has triggered the Labor leadership election.
Ardern’s shocking decision came after five and a half years of leading New Zealand through the coronavirus pandemic.
Ardern said she understood what it took to be prime minister and that she “didn’t have enough in the tank to do it justice” but had colleagues who could.
He stated that his government had achieved a lot and that he was stepping down not because he did not believe that Labor could win the next election, but because it did.
The Governor-General administers an oath to the Prime Minister
The Governor-General of New Zealand, Cindy Kiro, led the swearing-in ceremony. He previously accepted Ardern’s resignation. At the ceremony, Hipkins said it was the greatest privilege and responsibility of my life. I am excited and excited by the challenges ahead.
We are telling you that the next general election is less than 9 months away. According to media reports, opinion polls show Hipkins’ Labor Party lagging behind its rival opposition.