Jacinda Ardern to step down as New Zealand’s prime minister
Ardern declares that February 7 will be her last day in office and that she will not run for reelection this year, expressing her emotions.
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, has declared that she will resign next month and will not run in the general elections this year.
Ardern revealed to reporters on Thursday, fighting back tears, that February 7 will be her last day in office.
Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters on Thursday that February 7 will be her last day in office.
“I am 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,” she said. “I know what this job takes and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It is that simple,” she added.
Ardern resigned at a time when she appeared prepared for a difficult election campaign this year.
Recent polls have placed her Labour Party behind its conservative rivals, despite its historic landslide victory in her re-election bid two years ago.