Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand’s next prime minister: NPR

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New Zealand’s Education Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to reporters outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday.

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New Zealand’s Education Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to reporters outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday.

Nick Perry/AP

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Education Minister Chris Hipkins will be New Zealand’s next prime minister on Saturday after becoming the only candidate in the race to replace Jacinda Ardern.

Hipkins, 44, still needs to win the endorsement of his Labor colleagues on Sunday, but that is now just a formality. In the coming days, the power will officially change.

“It’s a great day for a Hutt boy,” Hipkins said, referring to the Hutt Valley near Wellington where he grew up. “I am very humbled and truly honored to receive this. This is the greatest responsibility and the greatest honor of my life.”

Ardern stunned the nation of 5 million on Thursday when she announced she was stepping down after five-and-a-half years in the leading role.

The absence of other candidates suggested party lawmakers rallied behind Hipkins to avoid a tight race and any signs of disunity after Ardern’s departure.

Hipkins has a little more than eight months before running for the general election. The poll showed Labor trailing its main rival, the Conservative National Party.

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