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Jacinda Ardern Sparks Controversy After Resigning Before Election, Where Is She Going?

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sparked controversy after announcing her resignation just before the election. 

Ardern said she did not believe she had the proper strength and backing to seek re-election in the October 2023 polls. 

She is the 40th prime minister of New Zealand, having assumed office on 26 October 2017. 

The 42-year-old has also been the Labor Party leader since August 1, 2017, replacing Andrew Little.

Moreover, she has been a member of the parliament (MP) for Mount Albert as a member of the Labour Party since 2017.

Having joined the Labour Party at 17, Ardern has over two decades of political experience. However, her resignation announcement has come as a shocker to many.

Jacinda Ardern Controversy- Announced Resignation

The New Zealand political world is shocked due to the Jacinda Ardern controversy as she announced her resignation before the election.

Moreover, PM Jacinda announced that she would step down as the Labour Party leader by February 7.

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Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation before the October 2023 election. (Source: BBC)

Her announcement came on Thursday, January 19, 2023, as she expressed the challenges and difficulties in the six years she has taken the job.

The sudden nature of the announcement shocked the country, as the public adored Ardern.

There will be voting in the upcoming days to determine the 42-year-old’s replacement. The country is set to hold a general election in October 2023.

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Where Is Jacinda Ardern Going?

After announcing that she would resign as the Prime Minister and the Labour Party leader in February, people are curious about where Jacinda Ardern is going.

Though Ardern did not say anything about her plans, she proclaimed that she had taken the time to consider her future decision over the summer break.

There has not been further info on who the next leader of the Labour Party and the next Prime Minister will be.

Jacinda Ardern is taking a break and has not revealed her future move. (Source: Al Jazeera)

During the press release, 42-year-old Ardern said she hoped she would find what she needed to carry on during her tenure.

However, Jacinda told the reporters that she would be doing a disservice to her country New Zealand if she continued.

Ardern was the world’s youngest female head of government when she was elected the prime minister of New Zealand in 2017, aged 37.

Though she led the Labour party to a massive election victory in 2020, her domestic popularity recently declined, as opinion polls suggested.

More About Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on July 26, 1980, to Ross and Laurell Ardern.

Her father worked as a police officer, and her mother worked as a school catering assistant.

Growing up in Morrinsville and Murupara, Jacinda was raised in the Church of LSD (Latter-day Saints).

She enrolled at Morrinsville College in Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand, and was the student representative on the board of trustees.

While still at school, she found her first job at a local fish-and-chip shop.

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Jacinda Ardern and her fiance, Clark Gayford, with their newborn daughter. (Source: Insider)

The 42-year-old is engaged to television presenter Clark Gayford. They first met in 2012 but did not date until some time later.

The couple got engaged on May 3, 2019, and their marriage was scheduled for January 2022 but had to be canceled due to the rise of the Omicron variant Covid.

On June 21, 2018, Ardern became the second head of government after Benazir Bhutto to give birth while in office after she gave birth to her daughter Neve Te Aroha.

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