Education minister Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand prime minister | World News

The New Zealand education minister is set to become the country’s next prime minister after Jacinda Ardern resigned from the role.

Chris Hipkins, 44, was the only candidate to enter the race to replace Ms Ardern, whose final day in office will be on 7 February.

He must still get an endorsement from his Labour Party colleagues in parliament on Sunday, but that is a formality.

Mr Hipkins rose to public prominence during the pandemic, when he took on a crisis management role.

He will have less than eight months in the role before contesting a general election on 14 October.

Ms Ardern choked back tears as she announced to the country of five million people on Thursday that she was stepping down after five and a half years in the role.

She said that she had “nothing left in the tank” and was able to sleep well for the “first time in a long time” after having made the decision to resign.

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She did not use the term “burnout”, but Professor Sir Cary Cooper, a leading psychologist and author of Burnout In The Workplace, said he had no doubt this was what she was alluding to.

Praising Ms Arden for her “relatively rare” honesty and openness, Prof Cooper said the impact of this kind of candour would be “very positive”.

Some political allies in New Zealand have suggested Ms Ardern took the decision to leave due to the level of abuse she received during her time in power.

This story originally Appeared on skynews


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