A crowd of about 1,000 people gathered on the lawn of Parliament House in Wellington to greet Jacinda Ardern as she was sworn in as New Zealand’s new prime minister. She is the third woman to lead the country and the youngest PM in 150 years. In her first comments as prime minister, she promised to form an ‘active’ government that would be ‘focused, empathetic and strong’. Ardern was elected leader of the Labour party less than three months ago, after her predecessor Andrew Little tanked in the polls. She was picked as the only hope for the beleaguered party to enter government

Jacinda Ardern sworn in as New Zealand PM, promising ‘empathetic’ government

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