The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernHe announced that he would step down in February. “It’s time for me,” he told Labor Party members. “I don’t have enough energy for another four years.” Ardern, 42, became Prime Minister in a coalition government in 2017. In recent polls she has seen collapse his popularity and that of his party.
In his first public appearance since Parliament went into summer recess a month ago, Ardern said he hoped to use the time to find the energy to continue governing. “But I couldn’t,” she admitted. He announced that the next elections will be held on October 14 and that he will continue to hold the office of MP until then.
At the end of the speech, she turned to her daughter Neve: “Mom will be next to you when you start school this year”. And then to Comrade Clark: “Now let’s get married.”
Ardern said his resignation will take effect on February 7 and a new leader will be voted on within three days. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson immediately made it clear that he would not run for the successor. The outgoing prime minister has assured there is no secret reason for his resignation.
“I am a human. We give everything we can while we can and then the time will come. And for me, that time has come,” Ardern said. “I’m leaving because with such a privileged position comes great responsibility. The responsibility of knowing when you are the right person to lead and even when you are not.”