No Scandal, Just Tired: New Zealand PM Stepping Down

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 23: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a meeting with World Trade Organisation Director General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at Parliament on November 23, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, the Director General will meet with the Prime Minister, Ministers for Trade and Economic Growth, Finance, and Foreign Affairs, and New Zealand business representatives, including wahine Maori business leaders. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she would step down from her position before Feb. 7.
  • Ardern, 42, attributed her decision to insufficient energy to lead the nation.
  • Ardern became the nation’s youngest-ever female prime minister, and the nation’s youngest prime minister overall in 150 years, when she took office at age 37 in 2017. She later secured reelection in 2020. A general election is currently scheduled for Oct. 14.

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