New Zealand’s ruling party confirms Hipkins as new prime minister

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Hipkins, 44, was the only nominee for the job and his confirmation by the 64 lawmakers, known as the Labor caucus, was largely a formality.

Hipkins is expected to hold a news conference soon to officially announce the decision.

(Reporting by Lucy Craymer, writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by William Mallard)

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