New Zealand government will be led by 44-year-old Chris Gipkins. Jacinda Ardern abruptly announced her resignation due to fatigue after six years in office.
Chris Gipkins will be sworn in on January 25 and will be New Zealand's prime minister until elections in October. He was the only candidate for the post.
What is known about the new prime minister of New Zealand
According to Reuters, Gipkins gained a reputation as a competent specialist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. First elected to Parliament in 2008, he became Minister of Health in July 2020 and, at the end of the year, Minister for COVID-19 Response.
Carmel Sepuloni will become his Patron. The new prime minister promised to announce the remaining members of the team later.
His predecessor is tired
January 19, Jacinda Ardern resigned. She declared that she no longer had the strength to govern the country. At a press conference, Ardern said that six years of premiership was a difficult time, and now she no longer sees an opportunity for herself to remain in office and run for a new election.
Ardern clarified that she did not resign because the job is difficult for her, but because “others in this position will be able to do better.” She also said that she plans to devote time to her four-year-old daughter and get married.
For the people of New Zealand, the news of Ardern's resignation came as a surprise. According to polls, the majority of voters would still like to see him at the head of the government.
According to opinion polls, after her dismissal, Gipkins was the most popular candidate among voters.