Jacinda Ardern resigns as New Zealand prime minister: NPR
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced her intention to resign on Thursday, in a shock move that has rocked the country’s political landscape.
Speaking to her party’s annual caucus, 42-year-old Ardern said it was “time” to move on and that she “didn’t have enough left in the tank” for her top role. She also called on the general election on 14 October.
“I am leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility,” Ardern told her audience. “The responsibility is to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not you I know what this job entails. And I know I don’t have enough in the tank anymore to do it justice. It’s that simple.”
Ardern became the world’s youngest female leader in 2017 at the age of 37. Her last day in office will be on February 7.
The past six years have been busy for Ardern, managing disasters that include the COVID-19 pandemic, a volcanic eruption and the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
But New Zealand has also been criticized for its handling of the economy amid tight COVID restrictions and rising inflation.
It is unclear who will lead the caretaker government after Ardern leaves.
A recent poll ahead of New Zealand’s general elections in October shows Ardern’s Labor Party slightly behind its opposition National Party.