New Zealand’s prime minister announced her resignation on Thursday, saying she “didn’t have enough energy” to continue ruling. Jacinda Ardern has been head of government for 5.5 years and there are nine months left until the general elections.
– I am a human. We give as much as we can for as long as we can, and then our time comes. And for me, that time has come,” Ardern said at a meeting of her Labor party. “I just don’t have enough energy for another four years,” she added.
42 years old Jacinda Ardern She became prime minister in a coalition government in 2017. She then led the centre-left Labor Party to a landslide victory in the next election three years later.
Jacinda Ardern’s party declines
After a long period of record public support for her rule in New Zealand, sometimes even called “Jacindamania” there, for some time she has had to face a decline in her and her party’s ratings. Ardern’s position in polls decreases in proportion to the deteriorating economic situation in the country.
Recent public opinion polls give the center-right coalition an advantage in the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 14. Ardern, however, assures that this is not the reason for her departure.
“I don’t think we can’t win the next election. I believe we can and will win,” she said. She specified that her resignation would take effect no later than February 7 and Labor would vote to appoint a new leader in three days.
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