Behind the election of Jacinda Ardern lurks the specter of too many threats: ‘Forced to resign’    openly

Behind the election of Jacinda Ardern lurks the specter of too many threats: ‘Forced to resign’ openly

“I slept well for the first time in a long time.” These are Jacinda Ardern’s first words the day after announcing her resignation at the helm of Workers’ Party and as Prime Minister New Zealand. Speaking to reporters outside Hawke’s Bay Airport this morning, the Prime Minister said she was “very saddened” but “not regretted” that she had decided to leave office “by (and no later than) February 7”. , ie before the general elections scheduled for October 14th. And while many in the country are wondering what New Zealand politicians will do now, speculation is mounting among political leaders about it abuse and threats may have contributed to his resignation. This was reported by the Guardian, which underscores how key political leaders and public figures in the island nation of Oceania believe the “constant slur», the abuses and the attacks for you and your family may have to the kind of “exhaustion» (of the energies) that Ardern himself spoke about at the conference. “I gave everything to be prime minister, but it also cost me a lot. I can’t and mustn’t do this job if I don’t have the full energy and a little reserve for the unexpected challenges,” she explained with tears during the press conference.

insults and threats

This thesis is also confirmed by many New Zealand parliamentarians who urge that Ardern “was”. forced to step down” with the goal of not allowing her to stand in the elections in the autumn. “It is a sad day for politics as they have been an outstanding leader hunted because of constant defamation from office,” said the co-chair of the party Māori Debbie Ngarewa-Packer after which “his family has resisted the brutal attacks too much in the last two years”. The former PM also backs Ardern’s “shoulder” statements. Helen Clark – New Zealand’s first woman to be elected from 1999 to 2008 – who confirmed the threats «Without precedents», from which Ardern suffered during his mandate, which began in August 2017. “The pressure on Prime Minister – Clark continues – has always been enormous, but in this era of social media, clickbait, constant 24/7 presence, Jacinda has faced a level of hatred unprecedented in the history of the country. Our society could now consider whether to continue to tolerate the excessive polarization that makes politics an increasingly unattractive profession,” he concluded.

Verbal violence has tripled in 2022

In 2022, New Zealand Police reported that they had seen an increase in threats against the Prime Minister. In almost three years, the abuse against Ardern is actually almost over tripled. Although the police have not been able to establish the reasons for each individual threat, the official documents – explains the English newspaper – have shown how the decisions to contain the coronavirus pandemic and the resistance to legal regulations were made weapons after the March 15 shooting Christchurch were among the – driving – causes of the threats the Prime Minister was subjected to. The occupation of the area in front of the New Zealand Parliament, which lasted a week and took place by non-Vax protesters, is a representative example of the climate that prevailed during the pandemic period. The demonstration then escalated into a violent riot in early 2022, with protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister and other MPs.

In addition, several men have been arrested, officially warned or charged in the past year threatened with murder veins About the, Kate Hannah – Director of the disinformation project – which monitors online extremism at the research center Te Pūnaha Matatiniacknowledged a significant increase in abusive and threatening material aimed at the New Zealand Prime Minister, and said all of this was likely to have been instrumental in the decision to leave the role by Premiers. “The magnitude of what we have observed over the last three years – explains Hannah – is such that it cannot be otherwise: you were instrumental in pushing Ardern to resign.”

the next steps

Now the race has started work to find a replacement for Prime Minister: your caucus will indeed meet on Sunday 22nd January to vote for the candidates who – to be elected and win the leadership – need to get two-thirds of the vote. If no numbers are available, the vote is then allocated to all party members. The aim is to find a figure on (or close to) Ardern’s level to lead the party in the tough October 14 election. Meanwhile, many New Zealand thinkers believe it is impossible for the Labor Party leader to retire completely from political life, and many analysts believe her departure could be “the beginning of a new path”. For Stephen Hoadley, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the prime minister could find herself in a new post by the end of this year. “He’s got the potential, he’s got the ability, he’s got the profile, he’s got the acceptance to do a lot of things. Give her a few weeks to rest and fill up the tank to use her expression. But I expect he’ll embark on a whole new career path by the end of this year,” Hoadley said, as quoted by the Associated Press.

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