Chris Hipkins has been confirmed as the new leader of New Zealand's Labour Party and is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as the country's Prime Minister after he was the sole candidate nominated for the role.
Ardern announced her shock resignation on Thursday, citing a lack of energy to seek a third term.
The confirmation of Hipkins is expected to be a formality as the Labour caucus meets on Sunday to endorse his nomination as party leader.
Hipkins is currently serving as the country's education, police and public service minister, and has built a reputation for competence in the country's pandemic response.
Chris Hipkins is set to become the new Prime Minister of New Zealand, after being confirmed as the sole candidate nominated to replace Jacinda Ardern as the leader of the country's Labour Party.
Ardern announced her surprise resignation on Thursday, citing exhaustion, and will step down in October after the general election.
Hipkins, who is widely regarded for his competency in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to be confirmed as party leader on Sunday, with the Labour caucus standing behind his nomination.
Despite a relatively smooth selection, the task of leading the country will be a significant challenge for the 44-year-old, particularly without Ardern's star power at the helm.