New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Arden resigns

*will not seek re-election

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden in a shock announcement on Thursday says she will resign before her tenure is up.

She made this known at her party’s annual caucus meeting on Thursday saying “she no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job. It’s time,” she said.

I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility. The responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. 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

Jacinda Arden’s tenure as New Zealand prime minister elapses no later than the 7th of February, 2023

Arden was elected prime minister in 2017 at age 37 making her the world’s youngest female head of government. She has navigated the country through a lot of tough times, including the Covid-19 pandemic, White Island volcanic eruption amongst others.

She called her five and a half years as prime minister as “the most fulfilling five and a half years of my life”

Her announcement comes as New Zealand enters a closely fought election year where polling in recent months placed her slightly behind the opposition National.

The question of who will replace Arden is not yet clear, however, Deputy leader and finance minster, Grant Robertson, who will be considered a frontrunner for the role, said on Thursday that he would not be seeking the position. In a statement, he said “I am not putting myself forward to be a candidate for the leadership of the labour party”

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