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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has announced her resignation from office at the party’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 18, Ardern said she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job.

The 42-year-old, who became New Zealand’s Prime Minister in 2017, choked back tears during an emotional news conference.

Jacinda added: “It’s time. 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. “Her resignation will take effect from February 7, but she will continue as MP until the election later this year.

According to BBC, Ardern became the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected Prime Minister in 2017 at age 37.

She has led New Zealand through the Covid-19 pandemic, and major disasters including the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, and the White Island volcanic eruption.”

This has been the most fulfilling five and a half years of my life. But it’s also had its challenges amongst an agenda focused on housing, child poverty and climate change, we encountered a domestic terror event, a major natural disaster, a global pandemic, and an economic crisis,” she said.

Writing by Fany Olumoye, Editing by Tersoo Nicholas