Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has said she is resigning, in an unexpected announcement that came as she confirmed a national election for October.
Ardern, as quoted by CNN while interacting while media, said her term would end by February 7, when she expects a new Labour prime minister will be sworn in – though “depending on the process that could be earlier.”
“The decision was my own,” Ardern said. “Leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also the most challenging. You cannot and should not do the job unless you have a full tank, plus a bit in reserve for those unplanned and unexpected challenges.”