New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will prioritize the economy as a recession looms and may jettison some of Jacinda Ardern’s policies as he tries to reclaim political middle ground ahead of the election in October.
“As Prime Minister, I will lead a team that is focused and works hard to solve the big problems facing so many families and businesses,” Hipkins told a press conference in Wellington on Sunday after the ruling Labor Party approved him to lift Ardern. follow. “I know some New Zealanders think we’re doing too much too soon, and I’ve heard that message.”
Labour, trailing the main opposition National Party in polls, moved quickly to unite behind Hipkins and ensure a smooth leadership transfer after Ardern’s shock resignation last week.
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