Chris Hipkins sworn in as the 41st PM of New Zealand, know the unique process of swearing in


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Labor Party leader Chris Hipkins was sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand today (Wednesday). After completing the handover from Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins was officially sworn in. With him Carmel Sepuloni is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hipkins was appointed in Wellington by Governor-General Cindy Kiro, who previously accepted the formal resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Ardern, Bloomberg reported. Upon taking office, Hipkins, 44, has promised a focus on the economy and a back-to-basics approach as part of what he calls an “inflation epidemic”.

Meanwhile, Jacinda Ardern made a final public appearance on Tuesday as New Zealand’s prime minister, saying the people she will miss most are the reasons she was “happy in her job”. Ardern surprised the nation last week by announcing she was stepping down.

After this, Labor MPs voted unanimously on Sunday in favor of Chris Hipkins to take over as Prime Minister. As her last act as prime minister, Ardern joined Hipkins and other MPs for a ceremony at Ratna Maidan.

Ardern told reporters that her friendship with Hipkins goes back nearly 20 years and that she stayed with him for about two hours on the way to Ratna Maidan. She added that the only true advice she can give is, “Do what you want.”

She also spoke about the vitriolic and anti-women attacks on her on social media since her announcement and said that this was not the reason behind her resignation. Hipkins told reporters that the leadership change was “bittersweet.” “I’m certainly honored to take on this role, but know full well that Jesinda is a great friend of mine,” he added.

During this, Ardern was greeted by singing a song. She told those on the ground that she would leave this responsibility with more love and affection for New Zealand and its people. He said that his colleagues are extraordinary people. “I never did this job alone. I did it with wonderful New Zealand servants, and I leave knowing that your future is in safe hands,” she said.