Tributes have poured in for outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who has announced to step down from her position.
Ardern’s announcement on Thursday was greeted with praises by fellow politicians and supporters at home and abroad.
In her resignation announcement, Ardern said she was not stepping down because the job was hard but because she believed others could do a better job.
She said; “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.”
Amid the congratulatory messages she got, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese led the tributes from Australia’s politicians, praising Ardern for expertise.
Albanese said; “She has demonstrated that empathy and insight are powerful leadership qualities. Jacinda has been a fierce advocate for New Zealand, an inspiration to so many and a great friend to me.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Ardern for her strength, compassion and empathy, and expressed thanks for her partnership and friendship over several years.
“The difference you have made is immeasurable. I’m wishing you and your family nothing but the best, my friend,” Justin said.
Angela Pratt, the World Health Organization’s representative in Vietnam, also said; “Thank you for so many things, PM Ardern, but especially for making kindness and empathy cool again.”
The United Kingdom’s opposition party leader Keir Starmer described Ardern as a “true global leader” and an “inspiration”.
Mark Brown, prime minister of the Cook Islands, said Ardern had led with compassion, strength, and kindness. “You leave a legacy of true leadership,” Brown said.
Ardern’s term will conclude no later than February 7 and a general election will be held on October 14.
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