New Zealand Labour Party installs new right-wing PM

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Over the weekend, following the sudden resignation of Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand’s prime minister, the ruling Labour Party caucus endorsed senior minister Chris Hipkins as her replacement. Hipkins was chosen unopposed to head the party and government in the lead-up to the October 14 election. Chris Hipkins speaking outside parliament in Wellington on January 21, a day before he was appointed New Zealand prime minister. Hipkins’ first action over the weekend was to appoint Carmel Sepuloni as the new deputy prime minister. The Labour Party’s supporters, while still reeling from Ardern’s resignation, are desperately seeking to promote illusions in Hipkins to save the party from a crushing election defeat.
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