Chris Hipkins has become the new Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was sworn in by Governor General Cindy Kiro at an official ceremony in the capital, Wellington. Chris was formally endorsed by the Labor caucus. After becoming Prime Minister, he also became the leader of the Labor Party. The decision was taken after he was the only candidate in the race for the new PM.
Meanwhile Chris said- This is a big responsibility for me. I am ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities that come my way.
The Labor Party in New Zealand has been in power since 2017, so the anti-incumbency wave is high. According to the BBC, New Zealand is currently struggling with inflation and social equality. This has led to a significant decline in the popularity of the Labor Party. All this will be a great challenge for Chris.
Made a mark by doing good work in Corona
Chris Hipkins, 44, was first elected as an MP in 2008. Before becoming the PM, he was the Minister of Police, Education and Public Service. Chris became PM after the resignation of Jacinda Ardern. However, it is not known for how long he will hold the post. Because general elections are going to be held in New Zealand in October 2023.
Chris Hipkins was made Kovid minister in the year 2020 to deal with the epidemic. Meanwhile, Chris’s work has gained worldwide appreciation. In New Zealand, only 2,437 deaths have been recorded in three years of the Corona epidemic.
Jesinda’s last day as Prime Minister
Today was Jacinda Ardern’s last day as Prime Minister. During this, he was looking very emotional. All the MLAs hugged in the Parliament House. He then proceeded to Government House, where he formally submitted his resignation to King Charles. Announcing her resignation on January 19, Jacinda said – the time has come. I don’t have the guts to lead for another 4 years.
Why resign in the name of King Charles?
King Charles is the monarch of 14 Commonwealth countries. New Zealand is one of these countries. The power of the king in these countries is mostly symbolic. In most countries, political decisions are made by an elected parliament and implemented by a prime minister. That is, the king is the head of the country, but not the head of the government.
The monarch has several constitutional duties, the most important of which is the approval of new governments. These duties differ from country to country. Such as giving formal approval to laws, appointing certain officials and conferring national honours.