Jacinda Ardern resignation – live: Shock as New Zealand prime minister announces decision

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to Jacinda Ardern as she announced her decision to resign as New Zealand prime minister next month.

Mr Trudeau tweeted: “Thank you, @JacindaArdern, for your partnership and your friendship – and for your empathic, compassionate, strong, and steady leadership over these past several years. The difference you have made is immeasurable. I’m wishing you and your family nothing but the best, my friend.”

Ms Ardern said during the party’s annual caucus meeting she is “leaving because with such a privileged role comes responsibility. The responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple”.

Several world leaders paid tribute to her leadership qualities and for being a no-nonsense politician. Australia’s prime minister Anthony Albanese tweeted: “Jacinda Ardern has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength.”

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Justin Trudeau leads tributes to Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

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Candian prime minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to Jacinda Ardern as she announced her decision to resign as the prime minister of New Zealand.

Mr Trudeau tweeted: Thank you, @JacindaArdern, for your partnership and your friendship – and for your empathic, compassionate, strong, and steady leadership over these past several years. The difference you have made is immeasurable. I’m wishing you and your family nothing but the best, my friend.”

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He continued: “The difference you have made is immeasurable. I’m wishing you and your family nothing but the best, my friend.”

Earlier in the day, New Zealand prime minister said in a tearful address that she planned to stand down in February, adding that she was too tired to seek a third term.

“I no longer have enough in the tank,” said the 42-year-old, who had secured a reputation internationally for a no-nonsense approach to leading the country through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clarke Gayford

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced her plans to get married to her partner Clarke Gayford as she said she is resigning from the top role in a farewell speech on Thursday.

As she confirmed her move to quit politics ahead of the October polls, Ms Ardern mentioned her family members, her four-year-old daughter Neve who she was conceived during her prime ministership, and her partner.

“So, to Neve, mum’s looking forward to being there when you start school this year. And to Clarke, let’s finally get married,” Ms Ardern said.

Read the full story by Arpan Rai here:

Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clarke Gayford

ICYMI: ‘I’ve got nothing left in the tank’: Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech in full

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is stepping down from the position before 7 February.

Read her full speech here:

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech in full

Christchurch remembers Jacinda Ardern as ‘mother of compassion’ after mosque attacks

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A Muslim leader from Christchurch, who survived the 15 March 2019 mosque shootings, thanked Jacinda Ardern for leading the country “at the wrong time in history”.

Imam Gamal Fouda of Masjid Al-Noor in Christchurch, who survived the terror attack at his Deans Ave mosque where 44 worshippers were shot dead during Friday prayers, said her resignation “shocked me”.

“We lost one of New Zealand’s best leaders in history. Jacinda Ardern, I wish you all the best. You led our country at the wrong time in history.”

He continued: “You led our country at the wrong time in history. You are a mother of compassion and care in a time when people have forgotten to feel or care for others.”

From the archives: Jacinda Ardern asked how it feels to be ‘more popular abroad’ by reporter

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ICYMI: What led the New Zealand prime minister to resign

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The 42-year-old said during the party’s annual caucus meeting that she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job. “It’s time.”

Read the full story here:

Jacinda Ardern resigns: What led the New Zealand prime minister to quit

Watch: Tucker Carlson calls Jacinda Ardern ‘lady with big teeth’ and ‘puppet of Chinese government'

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‘True global power’: World leaders pay tribute to Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

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Tributes poured in from world leaders and party members after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that she would step down from office and not seek re-election.

“Politicians are human,” she said, adding: “We give all that we can, for as long as we can, and then it’s time. And for me, it’s time.”

Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, called Ms Ardern a “true global power” with whom he has always “enjoyed talking”.

“Whatever comes next, I’ve no doubt she’ll continue to champion her values and New Zealand across the world,” he added.

Read the full piece by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar here:

‘True global power’: World leaders pay tribute to Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

Australian prime minister says ‘great friend’ Ardern led with ‘intellect and strength’

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Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese paid tribute to Jacinda Ardern and said that she “has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength”.

He tweeted: “She has demonstrated that empathy and insight are powerful leadership qualities”.

Mr Albanese described the 42-year-old New Zealand leader as a “fierce advocate for New Zealand” and a “great friend” to him.

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Ms Ardern became the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected prime minister at age 37 in 2017.

Profile: Jacinda Ardern’s legacy of effective crisis management and kindness

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The popular New Zealand leader, who made waves in global politics with her policies, said that she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job justice. She added that it was time to make way for someone else and step down.

Identifying as a feminist, Ms Ardern is the third woman PM New Zealand has had and was known for breaking stereotypes.

She became the second elected world leader to ever give birth while in office after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990. In 2018, she gave birth to a baby girl with her longtime partner, television presenter Clarke Gayford.

Read the full profile of Jacinda Ardern by Stuti Mishra here:

Jacinda Ardern’s legacy of effective crisis management and kindness

Watch: Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand

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Former Labour leader says Jacinda Ardern faced unprecedented ‘level of hatred and vitriol’

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Former Labour prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark expressed “deep sadness” at Jacinda Ardern’s resignation as the leader of the country.

In a statement, Ms Clark said that the 42-year-old feminist leader of the Labour Party has faced an unprecedented “level of hatred and vitriol”.

She wrote: “The pressures on prime ministers are always great, but in this era of social media, clickbait, and 24/7 media cycles, Jacinda has faced a level of hatred and vitriol which in my experience is unprecedented in our country.”

The former leader added: “Our society could now usefully reflect on whether it wants to continue to tolerate the excessive polarisation which is making politics an increasingly unattractive calling.”

Ardern admirers recall moment New Zealand leader and Sanna Marin shot down question about their age and gender

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As Jacinda Ardern announced today she was too tired to run for a third term in office, her admirers fondly recalled the moment New Zealand prime minister and Finland’s leader Sanna Marin shot down an unexpected question from a reporter who asked whether the two were meeting because they are both of the same age and gender.

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Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin shoot down awkward question about their age and gender

ICYMI: Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clarke Gayford

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced her plans to get married to her partner Clarke Gayford as she said she is resigning from the top role in a farewell speech on Thursday.

As she confirmed her move to quit politics ahead of the October polls, Ms Ardern mentioned her family members, her four-year-old daughter Neve who she was conceived during her prime ministership, and her partner.

“So, to Neve, mum’s looking forward to being there when you start school this year. And to Clarke, let’s finally get married,” Ms Ardern said.

Read the full piece by Arpan Rai here:

Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clarke Gayford

World leaders pay tribute to ‘great friend’ Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

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Tributes poured in from world leaders and party members after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that she would step down from office and not seek re-election.

The Labour Party premier said in a tearful address that she planned to stand down in February, adding that she was too tired to seek a third term.

“I no longer have enough in the tank,” said the 42-year-old, who had secured a reputation internationally for a no-nonsense approach to leading the country through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar here:

World leaders pay tribute to ‘great friend’ Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

ICYMI: Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech in full

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Jacinda Ardern announced today that she will step down as the prime minister of New Zealand on 7th February.

You can read her full speech here:

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech in full

Former New Zealand PM says Jacinda Ardern set for global roles

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Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jim Bolger believes that Jacinda Ardern will definitely be approached with offers similar to what he received, including ambassadorships and chairing international companies.

Mr Bolger, 87, who was prime minister from 1990 to 1997, said that “she’s had a high public profile for a young woman who’s become Prime Minister. She’s a young person. Clearly, there’ll be other opportunities that she may wish to take up”.

He told the New Zealand Herald: “I of course went as ambassador to Washington for nearly four years and then I did a number of things like chair an international agricultural forum. I helped set up KiwiBank. I managed that for a number of years. I chaired a number of companies, still do. So they’ll be tasks for her, there’s no question about that.”

Jacinda Ardern’s legacy of effective crisis management and kindness

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The popular New Zealand leader, who made waves in global politics with her policies, said that she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job justice. She added that it was time to make way for someone else and step down.

Identifying as a feminist, Ms Ardern is the third woman PM New Zealand has had and was known for breaking stereotypes.

She became the second elected world leader to ever give birth while in office after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990. In 2018, she gave birth to a baby girl with her longtime partner, television presenter Clarke Gayford.

Read the full profile of Jacinda Ardern by Stuti Mishra here:

Jacinda Ardern’s legacy of effective crisis management and kindness

Business leaders in New Zealand react to Ardern’s resignation

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern will be remembered for being a “decent person with great personal style and excellent in crisis”, Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive and former National Party leader Simon Bridges said today.

Ms Ardern resigned as the prime minister of New Zealand in a shock announcement today. The 42-year-old won’t be seeking re-election later this year as she no longer has “enough in the tank to do it justice.”

Christchurch remembers Jacinda Ardern as 'mother of compassion' after mosque attacks

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A Muslim leader from Christchurch, who survived the 15 March 2019 mosque shootings, thanked Jacinda Ardern for leading the country “at the wrong time in history”.

Imam Gamal Fouda of Masjid Al-Noor in Christchurch, who survived the terror attack at his Deans Ave mosque where 44 worshippers were shot dead during Friday prayers, said her resignation “shocked me”.

“We lost one of New Zealand’s best leaders in history. Jacinda Ardern, I wish you all the best. You led our country at the wrong time in history.”

He continued: “You led our country at the wrong time in history. You are a mother of compassion and care in a time when people have forgotten to feel or care for others.”

Former Labour leader says Jacinda Ardern faced unprecedented 'level of hatred and vitriol'

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Former Labour prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark expressed “deep sadness” at Jacinda Ardern’s resignation as the leader of the country.

In a statement, Ms Clark said that the 42-year-old feminist leader of the Labour Party has faced an unprecedented “level of hatred and vitriol”.

She wrote: “The pressures on prime ministers are always great, but in this era of social media, clickbait, and 24/7 media cycles, Jacinda has faced a level of hatred and vitriol which in my experience is unprecedented in our country.”

The former leader added: “Our society could now usefully reflect on whether it wants to continue to tolerate the excessive polarisation which is making politics an increasingly unattractive calling.”

‘I am human’: Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand

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Jacinda Ardern resigned as the prime minister of New Zealand in a shock announcement on Thursday, 19 January.

The 42-year-old won’t be seeking re-election later this year as she no longer has “enough in the tank to do it justice.”

She appeared to be fighting back tears as she broke the news to the world.

“This has been the most fulfilling five and a half years of my life,” she said.

Assuring the public that there is no other “real reason” for her resignation other than the fact that she is “human” and it was her time.

Watch the video here:

‘I am human’: Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clark Gayford

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced her plans to get married to her partner Clark Gayford as she said she is resigning from the top role in a farewell speech on Thursday.

As she confirmed her move to quit politics ahead of the October polls, Ms Ardern mentioned her family members, her four-year-old daughter Neve who she was conceived during her prime ministership, and her partner.

“So, to Neve, mum’s looking forward to being there when you start school this year. And to Clarke, let’s finally get married,” Ms Ardern said.

Read the full story by Arpan Rai here:

Jacinda Ardern says it’s time to get married to partner Clark Gayford

Tucker Carlson dubs Jacinda Ardern ‘lady with the big teeth’ and ‘Chinese puppet’ while garbling her name

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson called New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern “the lady with the big teeth” and a “Chinese puppet” just moments after she announced her resignation.

On Wednesday, Ms Ardern said at a press conference that she would be standing down next month.

“I am not leaving because it was hard. Had that been the case I probably would have departed two months into the job. I am leaving because with such a privileged role, comes responsibility, the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead, and also, when you are not. I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It is that simple,” she said.

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Tucker Carlson dubs Jacinda Ardern ‘lady with the big teeth’ and ‘Chinese puppet’

Jacinda Ardern resigns: What led the New Zealand prime minister to quit

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The 42-year-old said during the party’s annual caucus meeting that she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job. “It’s time.”

Jacinda Ardern’s sudden resignation surprised her party members, New Zealanders and the world. Several world leaders paid tributes to Ms Ardern on Thursday with Australia’s Anthony Albanese congratulating her for her leadership qualities. “Jacinda Ardern has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength,” he wrote on his Twitter.

Ms Ardern clearly explained in her speech why she was resigning from her role as the prime minister of New Zealand.

“I’m a politician who is first and foremost human.”

Read the full story here:

Jacinda Ardern resigns: What led the New Zealand prime minister to quit

World leaders pay tribute to ‘great friend’ Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

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Tributes poured in from world leaders and party members after New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday that she would step down from office and not seek re-election.

The Labour Party premier said in a tearful address that she planned to stand down in February, adding that she was too tired to seek a third term.

Read the full story by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar here:

World leaders pay tribute to ‘great friend’ Jacinda Ardern as she resigns

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announces shock resignation in tearful address

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has sent a jolt around the world by announcing she will not seek re-election.

The Labour Party premier said in an emotional and tearful address that she planned to stand down next month, saying she was too tired to seek a third term.

“I no longer have enough in the tank,” said the 42-year-old, who had secured a reputation internationally for a no-nonsense approach to politics and leading her country.

Read the full story by Andrew Buncombe here:

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announces shock resignation