“I slept well for the first time”: Ardern relieved to step down

“I slept well for the first time”: Ardern relieved to step down

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is relieved by her decision to step down in the coming weeks.

“I slept well last night for the first time in a long time,” the 42-year-old told reporters at Napier Airport today. Labor politician tearfully announced yesterday that she wanted to step down as prime minister by February 7th.

“Of course, I’m still going through a lot of emotions. I’m sad, but I also feel relieved,” Ardern said smiling the next day. She was particularly touched by the many thank you messages she’s received since then.

Internationally, Jacinda Ardern, elected Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017 at just 37 years old, was seen and celebrated as a symbol for women in leadership positions and a political star – also for her way of dealing with the CoV pandemic. In New Zealand, on the other hand, opposition to Ardern and her government grew.

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