Chris Hipkins becomes New Zealand's 41st Prime Minister
Why it matters
The resignation of Jacinda Ardern and the appointment of Chris Hipkins as her successor is significant as it marks a change in leadership for New Zealand, a country that has been praised for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming general election will be a test for Hipkins and his Labour Party, as they currently trail in the polls.
What the papers say
All sources report on the same event, with no significant differences in their portrayal.
How we got here
Jacinda Ardern's resignation was unexpected and has led to the appointment of Chris Hipkins as her successor. Hipkins has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the 'pandemic of inflation'. Opinion polls indicate that his Labour Party is trailing its conservative opposition, making the upcoming general election a significant test for the new Prime Minister.
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