New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces her resignation

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on January 19 that she would not seek re-election and plans to step down no later than early February. Speaking at the Labor Party’s annual caucus meeting in Napier on Thursday, Ardern said she “didn’t have enough left in the tank” to do the job. Today I announce that I will not seek re-election and that my term as Prime Minister will end no later than the 7th of February. This has been the most fulfilling five-and-a-half years of my life, but it has also had its challenges,” Ardern said. “I’m not leaving because it was hard, if that was the case I probably would have left two months into the job… I know what this job entails and I know I don’t have enough left in the tank to do justice.” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese released a statement after the announcement, calling Ardern “a fierce advocate for New Zealand, an inspiration to many and a great friend of mine.” Ardern said she had no future plans other than to spend more Time with her family.Credit: Jacinda Ardern via Storyful

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