AUCKLAND — New Zealand Prime Minister (PM) Jacinda Ardern announced resignation on Thursday from her position, leaving her followers across the progressive world in a state of utter shock.
Speaking at a press conference, Ardern said she wasn’t energetic enough to go for the reelection in the polls to be held in October this year.
The ex-PM said she would have her term ended by February 7, adding she expects a new Labour prime minister will be sworn in.
She was re-elected for a second term in 2020 – the days the world saw the pandemic known today as Covid19.
Ardern was the 3rd female Prime Minister of New Zealand, a feat she achieved at the age of 37.
After becoming the PM, she gave birth to a baby in the first year in the office, becoming the second world leader to do so. Pakistan’s first ever female prime minister Benazir Bhutto was the one to given birth to a baby boy while she was the prime minister.
At her presser of Thursday, the ex-PM Ardern spoke of the two incidents that occurred while she was in the government; the Covid19 and the church attack that left more than four dozen people at two mosques dead.
While the deadly attacks on the mosques shook the world, the response by Ardern as head of the state earned her sympathies from across the world.
She introduced gun law reforms. But what impressed the world more was her waring a hijab to show respect for the Muslim community.
About the legislation made during her tenure on climate change and child poverty, Ardern called it “achievements” made during her tenure.
New Zealand will have its next general election on October 14, but New Zealand PM, announces resignation, won’t run for reelection.