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  • Updated: January 19, 2023

New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern Resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern Resigns

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that she was resigning her office after nearly six years in charge.

In her words, February 7 will be her last day as prime minister. She added; "I am entering now my sixth year in office, and for each of those years, I have given my absolute all.”

Ardern said she didn't have any immediate plans after leaving office, other than family commitments with her daughter, Neve, and her fiance Clarke Gayford, after an outbreak of the virus thwarted their earlier wedding plans.

"And so to Neve, Mum is looking forward to being there when you start school this year. And to Clarke, let’s finally get married," the PM said.

Ardern won the top job in 2017 at the age of 37. The following year, she became just the second world leader to give birth while holding office. When she brought her infant daughter to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

She also announced that New Zealand’s general elections would be held on October 14 and that she would remain a lawmaker until then.

It’s unclear who will take over as prime minister until the election.

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