Zealand prime minister jacinda ardern has announced that she will be stepping down as leader of the labour party no later than 7 february. ms ardern, who has been in office since 2017 and was the youngest female head of government in the world at the time, has led the country through the covid-19 pandemic, the christchurch mosque shootings and the white island volcanic eruption. australian prime minister anthony albanese paid tribute to ms ardern as a leader of intellect, strength and empathy.
Announcement of her resignation came after ms ardern had taken the time to consider her future over the summer break, and new zealand will hold a general election on 14 october. ms ardern choked up as she detailed how six “challenging” years in the job had taken a toll, and said she no longer has “enough in the tank” to lead.
Ardern said she would be doing a disservice to new zealand to continue, as there has never really been a moment where it’s ever felt like they were just governing. she had hoped to find what she needed to carry on over the summer break, but unfortunately she hadn’t. prime minister albanese said on twitter that ms ardern had been a fierce advocate for new zealand, an inspiration to so many and a great friend to him.