Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced this Thursday (19/01) that she will resign from her position until the beginning of February this year.
In a speech, the New Zealand leader said that she “no longer has the energy” to continue governing the country after five and a half years in office. The prime minister’s decision comes nine months before new legislative elections.
“I’m human. We give it all we can and then the time comes to stop and for me that time has come. I just don’t have the energy for another four years,” Ardern said, visibly emotional.
At the age of 42, Ardern was elected prime minister in 2017, and is expected to step down by February 7. As of now, the New Zealand Labor Party will need to vote to choose a new leader.
During her tenure, the politician won two elections and became the youngest head of government in the world. Additionally, Ardern faced the challenge of leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 pandemic.
“She has given her all in this role which is incredibly demanding,” said National Party leader Chris Luxon, who thanked Ardern for her dedication to the country.