New Zealand’s education minister, Chris Hipkins, is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister after her shocking resignation announcement earlier this week.
Hipkins was the only candidate nominated for leadership of the ruling Labor Party, the party said in a statement Saturday morning.
“The Labor caucuses will meet at 1pm on Sunday to endorse the nomination and confirm Chris Hipkins as party leader,” Labor leader Duncan Webb said in a statement.
New Zealand’s next general election will be held on October 14th.
Ardern said Thursday that he doesn’t believe he has the energy to seek re-election in an October poll and said he would support the new leader.
At a press conference, Ardern said her term would end by 7 February, at which point she expected a new Labor prime minister to take office, but “it could be sooner, depending on the process. ‘ said.
Mr. Hipkins previously oversaw New Zealand’s pandemic management as Minister of Covid-19 Response in the Ardern Cabinet.
According to his official profile, Hipkins first joined the government as a senior adviser to two education ministers and then worked in the office of then-Prime Minister Helen Clark.
He became a member of parliament in 2008 and an education spokesperson in early 2013.