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An Emotional Jacinda Ardern Announces She Will Step Down As New Zealand PM Next Month 

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Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has shocked the nation by revealing that she will be stepping down from the position as early as February. In a televised report, she said she would not run for re-election in 2023. Ardern said that she was confident New Zealand Labor would win in the upcoming election.

“This summer, I had hoped to find a way to prepare for not just another year, but another term – because that is what this year requires. I have not been able to do that,” Ardern, 42, told a news meeting.

“I know there will be much discussion in the aftermath of this decision as to what the so called ‘real’ reason was… The only interesting angle you will find is that after going on six years of some big challenges, that I am human,” she continued. “Politicians are human. We give all that we can, for as long as we can, and then it’s time. And for me, it’s time.”

She told her daughter Neve that she was glancing forward to being there when she began school this year. She even plans to marry her longtime partner, Clarke Gayford shortly.

After doing as prime minister for five years, Ardern would have handled a brutal 2023 election. Despite winning re-election two years ago with historic proportions, Arden’s liberal Labour Party is behind its conservative competitors, per current surveys.

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