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Ardern makes last bow as New Zealand PM

By :The International Desk
Published : Jan 24, 2023 12:44:00 PM | World

Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister said she was truly grateful for her time in office, and added that online abuse was not the reason for her sudden resignation.

The 42-year-old PM said she no longer has "enough in the tank" after a turbulent five years, during which she steered the country through natural disasters, its worst-ever terror attack and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Her resignation, raised debate about the vitriol faced by women leaders, especially on social media.

While on her last public engagement as prime minister, she said she would "hate" for her departure to be seen as "a negative commentary on New Zealand"

"I leave feeling gratitude for having this wonderful role for so many years," she told reporters from the birthplace of one of the country's most influential indigenous political movements.

Hipkins will be sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday, saying it was "bittersweet" to replace his friend of 20 years.

"I'm really honoured to take on the role, but Jacinda is also a very good friend of mine," reports AFP.