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New Zealand Prime Minister announces she will step down and will not run for election

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced this Thursday (19) in her country that she will step down as leader before Feb. 7, saying he does not believe he has the energy to seek re-election in October.

“Towards the end of the year, I thought I really needed to give myself the summer to really consider whether or not I have what it takes to keep going,” she said at a news conference. “Once I realized that it wasn’t, I knew that unfortunately there wasn’t much of an alternative other than to turn it in now.”

She added that she expects a new prime minister to be sworn in on February 7, although “depending on the process that could be sooner. So that’s something I’m going to work on with the new leader.”

The general election will be held on October 14. Ardern has been Prime Minister since 2017 and was re-elected in 2020.

(Posted by Carolina Farias)

Source: CNN Brasil

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