New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hepkins is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister



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New Zealand’s education minister, Chris Hepkins, is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, following her shock resignation announcement earlier this week.

The party announced in a statement Saturday morning that Hipkins is the only candidate nominated to lead the ruling Labor Party.

“The Labor caucus will meet at 1pm on Sunday to endorse the nomination and confirm Chris Hipkins as leader,” Webb’s Duncan Webb said in the statement.

New Zealand The next general election It will take place on October 14th.

On Thursday, Ardern said she would step aside in favor of a new leader, saying she did not believe she had the ability to seek re-election in the October election.

Speaking at a news conference at the time, Ardern said her term would end by February 7, when she expected a new Labor prime minister to be sworn in – though “depending on what process it might be earlier”.

Hepkins previously oversaw New Zealand’s epidemic management as Minister for Covid-19 Response In Ardern’s closet.

According to his official profile, hipkins He first joined government as a senior adviser to two education ministers and then in the office of then Prime Minister Helen Clark.

He entered parliament in 2008 and became the official spokesperson for education at the beginning of 2013.

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