New Zealand’s Chris Hipkins sworn in as Prime Minister

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Labor leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister in a formal ceremony on Wednesday following the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week.

The Labor party on Sunday chose former COVID-19 response and police minister Hipkins, 44, to lead the party and the country. This comes after the surprise resignation of Ardern, 42, who said she had “no longer in the tank” to lead the country.

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Hundreds gathered in the grounds of parliament as Ardern left for the last time, hugging each of her MPs in turn, many looking visibly emotional.

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