Chris Hipkins was officially sworn in as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand on Wednesday. Hipkins had succeeded Jacinda Ardern who surprisingly announced her resignation last week.
During the ceremony in Wellington, Hipkins stated that it is the greatest honor and duty of his life and that he is eager to tackle the challenges ahead.
Ardern had stated that she felt drained after leading the country through several crises including natural disasters, a terrorist attack, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, Jacinda Ardern made her final public appearance as Prime Minister, leaving parliament to the applause of a large crowd. In the past two years, her government which aligns with center-left ideologies has faced numerous challenges such as rising inflation, an impending economic downturn, and opposition from conservative forces.
Chris Hipkins, the person who designed New Zealand’s strategy for dealing with the pandemic, is set to take over as Prime Minister.
PM Shehbaz Sharif greetings
Shehbaz Sharif Prime Minister congratulated New Zealand’s Prime Minister on Wednesday in a tweet. Sharif desired to “strengthen and expand the relations” between the two countries.
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