Problem solver Chris Hipkins faces a tough road as New Zealand Prime Minister

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Chris Hipkins, who became New Zealand’s new prime minister on Wednesday, has built a reputation for prowess in tackling COVID-19, though he admits some mistakes in handling the pandemic and faces an uphill battle for power. retained at general elections in October.

Known as “Chippy,” the former COVID-19 minister is a close ally of Jacinda Ardern, who shocked the nation last week by announcing she was stepping down.

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Hipkins, 44, who succeeded Ardern as Labor leader on Sunday after no other candidates ran out, now faces a tough test if he is to take power. 14 October.

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