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19 Jan 2023

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM steps down after burnout

International Editor

“I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice”.

The words of the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as she announced her decision to step down.

Admired globally for the way she led her country following its worst-ever mass shootings and then the Covid pandemic, the woman who was once the world’s youngest serving female leader has now lost some of her lustre in the eyes of the New Zealand public.