New Zealand health minister David Clark resigns. Ardern said Education Minister Chris Hipkins would handle the health portfolio until the election.
New Zealand’s health minister, David Clark, resigned on Thursday, following recent slip-ups in the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and personal mistakes.
David Clark stepped down as Health Minister after facing a backlash for his breaching of Level 4 quarantine rules.
Recently he had been pressured to resign, as over 2,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling for him to be sacked.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, initially reluctant to fire him over attempts for “continuity” in the COVID-19 response, accepting his resignation. He was demoted to the bottom of Cabinet rankings, according to Newshub, and stripped of his Associate Finance portfolio.
Ardern said that she is appointing Chris Hipkins as Health Minister “until the election”,