After the public announcement of his resignation, New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern was on the agenda all over the world. Ardern, who said that he was very impressed with the support of many people from his country and the world, explained that although he felt sad, he was sure that his decision was right and he did not regret it.
Speaking for the first time after the decision, New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern said: “I have to admit that I slept this well last night for the first time in a long time, yes of course I feel sad, but there is also relief.”
Ardern also stated that his replacement is expected to be announced on January 22.
42-year-old Ardern, in a statement on television, announced that he would leave his job as prime minister, which he had been holding for “6 difficult years”, on February 7 at the latest.
Ardern said that he would not run in the general elections to be held in New Zealand on October 14, and that he would leave the Labor Party leadership.
Stating that he has been thinking about this issue recently and stating that he “hopes to find a way to prepare for not only one year but another term”, Ardern stated that he could not achieve this.
“It’s one thing to lead your country in peacetime, it’s another thing to lead your country in times of crisis. Now I know I’m not good enough to do this job justice. If I continue, I’m hurting New Zealand,” Ardern said.
Ardern became the world’s youngest female prime minister when she was elected prime minister in October 2017 at the age of 37.
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