Jacinda Ardern will step down as prime minister after Chris Hipkins won the Labour Party leadership election on Saturday.
Hipkins was a key player in New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a gathering of Labour’s 64 lawmakers, or Caucus, on Sunday, Hipkins, 44, is anticipated to be formally sworn in as the party’s new leader.
Hipkins stated at a press conference following the party’s announcement of him as the sole candidate, “I think we’re an incredibly strong team.”.
“We have been unified throughout this process and will stay that way. I consider myself fortunate to be working with such a remarkable team of individuals who are genuinely dedicated to serving the people of New Zealand. “.
Hipkins refused to discuss his policy ideas in detail. However, he said that Grant Robertson, the finance minister, would probably stay in the position despite the proposed cabinet reshuffle.
He claimed to have spoken with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who later tweeted that they had “a warm discussion.