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Jacinda Ardern ‘ready to be a sister and a mum’ as new New Zealand PM sworn in


Chris Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand's new prime minister after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation last week

Jacinda Ardern said she would miss the people because they had been the ‘joy of the job’ (Picture: Getty Images/Reuters)

New Zealand officially has a new prime minister after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation last week.

Chris Hipkins has been sworn in as the island nation’s 41st leader after his predecessor said she no longer had ‘enough in the tank’ to fulfil the demanding role.

Huge crowds gathered to see Ms Ardern’s final public appearance as prime minister on Tuesday after she became a global star of the left over the years.

Many asked her for autographs, selfies or hugs at an annual gathering of politicians and Maori elders in Rātana.

The smiling 42-year-old said being New Zealand’s prime minister had been the ‘greatest privilege of my life’.

She added that the thing she would miss most was the people because they had been the ‘joy of the job’.

But she said she was ‘ready to be a backbench MP, a sister and a mum’, before submitting her resignation as prime minister to the governor-general at Government House today.

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Source:: Metro

      

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