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Chris Hipkins to be next New Zealand PM after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation


Chris Hipkins will become the next prime minister of New Zealand after he was the sole nominee for the Labour leadership vacated by Jacinda Ardern.

Ms Ardern announced her shock resignation on Thursday, citing exhaustion after five and a half years in the job.

Her surprise exit – not known to her partyroom until just hours before – set Labour MPs racing to find a replacement as party leader and prime minister.

Mr Hipkins, a trusted ally of Ms Ardern, emerged as the consensus candidate and was the only nominee for the role in a hastily-convened leadership ballot.

Mr Hipkins, a trusted ally of Ms Ardern, emerged as the consensus candidate and was the only nominee for the role in a hastily-convened leadership ballot

Mr Hipkins, a trusted ally of Ms Ardern, emerged as the consensus candidate and was the only nominee for the role in a hastily-convened leadership ballot

Senior MPs stayed tight lipped as they held talks in Napier, where they had travelled for the year-starting party retreat, and back in Wellington on Friday.

No MP signalled their intention to run ahead of the nominations deadline at 9am on Saturday, staying true to a…



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