Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s education minister, is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister, following the shock announcement of her resignation earlier this week.
Hipkins was the only candidate to be nominated for the leadership of the ruling Labor Party, the party said in a statement on Saturday morning.
“The Labor Party caucus will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday to approve the nomination and confirm Chris Hipkins as leader,” Labor party whip Duncan Webb said in the statement.
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Ardern said on Thursday she would stand down for a new leader, saying she did not believe she had the energy to seek re-election in October’s election.
Speaking at a press conference, Ardern said her term would end on February 7, when she expected a new Labor prime minister to be sworn in – although “depending on the process which could be sooner”.
Hipkins previously oversaw the handling of the pandemic in New Zealand as Minister for the response to Covid-19 in Ardern’s office.
According to his official profile, Hipkins first joined government as a senior adviser to two education ministers, then in the office of then Prime Minister Helen Clark.
He entered Parliament in 2008 and became the spokesperson for education in early 2013.