There will be a general election on October 14 and Ardern will not run for reelection.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a televised statement that she will step down no later than early February and will not seek reelection.
As she fought back tears, she said the general election will take place on October 14 and her last day as prime minister will be February 7, 2023.
My reason for leaving was not the hard work. Had that been the case, I probably would have left after two months. The reason I’m leaving is that with such a privileged position comes responsibility, the responsibility of knowing when you’re the right person to lead and also when you’re not, she explained the press.
She said, “I know what this job takes, and I know I don’t have enough in me to do it justice.”
This year’s election campaign was tough for Ardern.
After winning reelection in a landslide two years ago, her party has fallen behind its conservative opponents in recent polls.
Labour Party will win the election, Ardern said.
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