Sydney (Australia) (EFE).- With a direct but friendly style, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who today announced her resignation because “a leader must know when to leave”, became the 37 years in a benchmark of progressivism and feminism in world politics.
“You can be kind and strong, and you can also be the kind of leader who knows when it’s time to go,” a visibly emotional Ardern said today, announcing that she will step down on February 7, just months before the country celebrates elections on October 14.
Acknowledging, in the fresh style that has raised the profile of the country of five million in the global arena, that it “has no energy” for another term, the policy is leaving after years of considerable attrition and declining popular support.
Labor loses steam, according to the latest polls, at the end of a legislature marked by the covid-19 pandemic, the rise in the cost of living and a possible recession in 2023.
Although in October 2020 he managed to revalidate his mandate and for the Labor Party to govern alone, something that no formation had achieved since the electoral reform of 1996, the second legislature seems to have taken its toll on Ardern, 42.
Born on July 26, 1980 in Hamilton, New Zealand’s North Island, Ardern grew up in humble surroundings in the towns of Morrinsville and Murupara, the daughter of a police officer and a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. the Last Days (a Mormon temple).
A devout Mormon in her childhood and adolescence, Ardern recounted in an interview in 2017 that she renounced her faith due to the Church’s condemnatory position on the LGTBI community by sharing a flat with three gay friends and, years later, she would vote in favor of equal marriage. in Parliament in 2013.
After joining the Labor Party at the age of 17 and quickly standing out among the youth of the formation, he graduated in Communications from Waitako University.
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Ardern eventually became New Zealand’s youngest MP in 2008, following a stint abroad that took her from working in a New York soup kitchen making meatballs to joining a consulting team in London at the time. British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
In August 2017, she succeeded Andrew Littler at the head of Labor, after the party placed its trust in her to lead the party to victory in the September elections of that year.
A triumph that made her break another record, becoming then, at the age of 37, the youngest leader in the world.
His litmus test came shortly thereafter, on March 15, 2019, when an Australian white supremacist gunned down 51 people during an assault on two mosques in the town of Christchurch, in what was the worst terrorist attack in the history of the world. country.
Ardern immediately announced a reform of the gun law, showed empathy while wearing an Islamic veil and turned the pain of the Muslim minority into that of the entire country by uttering the phrase: “we are one, they are us.”
During her first term, in June 2018, Jacinda Ardern had her first daughter with her partner, Clarke Gayford, which made her the second president to give birth during her government after the late Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007), Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Ardern tried to normalize her role as a mother and leader with iconic decisions such as taking the little girl as a baby to the UN General Assembly in New York in 2018, an image that went around the world, being the first time that a leader did.
More recently, during the November visit of her Finnish counterpart, Sanna Marin, Ardern was quick to react to the question of whether they were meeting because they “have a lot of things in common” by asking if former US President Barack had been asked the same thing. Obama and former New Zealand leader John Key when they saw each other in the past.
But not everything has been praise. Although the Ardern government’s response to the pandemic was initially applauded, limiting contagion with a strict border control and lockdown policy, the draconian measures were not to everyone’s taste.
Similarly, the reopening process was peppered with massive anti-vaccine protests over the past year.
A crisis in which Ardern, who has been criticized for trying to cover up the deficiencies of his Government after his personal charisma and eloquence, repeatedly resorted to the “leitmotif” of his almost completed term: “Be kind. Be strong.”