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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has announced her resignation.

Ardern recently suffered a crushing election loss and has been trailing in the polls for months. In December, her Labor Party lost a by election in the bellweather swing seat of Hamilton West with a 30 point swing to the Conservative National Party.

A general election has been called in New Zealand for the 14th of October, and polls show Ardern’s party trailing badly. Ardern’s last day in office is to be no later than the 7th of February. 

Ardern (42) became prime minister in 2017. She announced her resignation during an emotional speech at a news conference. 

“I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple,” she said

“We give all we can for as long as we can and then it’s time, and for me it’s time.”

“I am a politician who is first and foremost human”, she said adding “leadership means being willing to step back and recognise when actually it’s time for someone else to do the job”.

She continued that she is “not alone” among the politicians who she words with considering “how best to serve” the public saying they politicians were “not all there for power”. 

She said that she feels her colleagues would not be surprised by the announcement of her resignation as they are aware that she is “trying to make the best decision”.

 

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