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Jacinda Ardern to step down as New Zealand prime minister

BY The Canadian Press, Jan 19, 2023 1:30 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday she is stepping down as New Zealand's leader and will not contest this year's general elections. (Photo - Jacinda Ardern/facebook)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday she is stepping down as New Zealand's leader and will not contest this year's general elections.

Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters in Napier that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office.

``I am entering now my sixth year in office, and for each of those years, I have given my absolute all,'' she said.

Ardern described her job as among the most privileged but challenging jobs and said doing it required having a reserve to face the unexpected.

She said she no longer had that reserve to face another term in office.

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