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Jacinda Ardern leaves her position as prime minister voluntarily

21 January 2023
Jacinda Ardern leaves her position as prime minister voluntarily

Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister who served office for the last six years, said that she "no longer (had) enough in the tank to do it justice" - meaning that she no longer was able to deliver as the prime minister.
 We can interpret what she said in two ways. This could be her politeness in the face of 'constant vilification', abuse and personal threats that she faced in the past months and was ultimately forced to resign, or this could be her frank admission of her inability to continue. Or they both can be true one and at the same time.
 Whatever might be the exact cause of leaving office, Jacinda is quite clear about her emotion: she does not have any regret for her action. She said she had slept soundly after her shock resignation.
 Jacinda Ardern, however, had successes and failures since becoming the world's youngest female head of government in October 2017, at the age of 37. Soon she turned out to be one of the most-admired politicians in the world. Before she successfully guided New Zealand through the Covid-19 crisis, she earned huge love and respect from Muslims around the world for tackling the most brutal terrorist attack on Muslims in two Christchurch mosques when the lone attacker killed 51 people and injured another 40 on 15 March 2019. No western leader perhaps won that degree of approval from Muslims around the world as Jacinda achieved for her unique and brave leadership at the time.  
 But after recovery from the pandemic, support for her Labour Party dwindled and her approval rating fell. Though there was no pressure from her party, analysts believe that, to regain her popularity, she needed the effort to win another term which she was not prepared to undertake.
 Whatever is the situation, she did not enter into conspiracies to remain in power and rob right and left to rig election. She did not show her madness to continue in power at any cost. What cannot be denied is that to be in charge of running the country responsibly, one has to face quite a heavy pressure. She was prime minister of New Zealand for two terms with admiration for her ability and fairness of judgement.

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