New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces resignation ahead of upcoming election

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. [File Photo]

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.”

“I no longer have enough in the tank to do the job justice,” she added.

When Ardern became prime minister in 2017 at the age of 37, she was New Zealand’s third female leader and one of the youngest leaders in the world.

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