Why Jacinda Ardern quit: New Zealand PM’s shock resignation is due to exhaustion

Reason for Jacinda Ardern’s shocked resignation as New Zealand PM quits with just two weeks’ notice

  • Jacinda Ardern resigns as New Zealand Prime Minister
  • Ms Ardern’s last day at the top job will be on February 7th
  • She admitted she didn’t have “enough in the tank” anymore

Jacinda Ardern has announced that she will step down as Prime Minister of New Zealand next month.

She made the announcement during a news conference Thursday morning, revealing that she will remain in the role through February 7.

Ms Ardern, who was elected to the top job in 2017, said she was stepping down because she didn’t have “enough in the tank”.

Jacinda Ardern will step down as New Zealand Prime Minister next month

Jacinda Ardern will step down as New Zealand Prime Minister next month

“I’m leaving because with such a privileged job comes great responsibility. The responsibility of knowing when you’re the right person to lead — and also when you’re not,” she said.

“I know when I have enough in the tank to do it justice.

‘I am human. We give as much as we can, while we can, and then it’s time. And for me it’s time.

“To Neve, mum looks forward to being with you next year when you go to school. And to Clarke, let’s get married.”

Outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Ms Ardern learned she was pregnant with her first child before becoming Prime Minister.

She gave birth to daughter Neve on June 21, 2018.

She returned to work in August of the same year after six weeks of maternity leave.

The 42-year-old was planning to wed his longtime partner Clarke Gayford in January last year, but their plans were put on hold as the country battled its Omicron outbreak.

A caucus vote for a new party leader and prime minister will take place on Sunday.

Ms Ardern remains MP for Mt Albert until April.

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