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The New Zealand prime minister, who has been an activist since childhood and a respected progressive abroad, announced her departure in February. At 42, stresses his exhaustion and need to throw up. A rare moment of openness in politics.
On this January 19, it is the voice broken by emotion with which Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, surprisingly announced her resignation. “I hope to leave New Zealanders believing that you can be kind but strong, sensitive but determined, optimistic but determined. And that you can be your own kind of leader – one who knows when it’s time to go.” Internationally acclaimed, she leaves the image of a charismatic woman who will understand it in six years’ time to become a model in all simplicity will.
Jacinda Ardern was born in 1980 and grew up in the small town of Murupara in the north of the country. Her father is a police officer and her mother works in the school canteen. Living a quiet childhood, she becomes aware early on of the inequalities that surround her: the hungry comrades or this boy who walks barefoot in winter.
She is already campaigning, campaigning for trousers to be included in girls’ uniforms – her first victory. At 17 she joined the Labor Party,