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New Zealand PM Ardern says she will step down next month

Published on 19 Jan 2023 11:28:57 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will not seek re-election and plans to step down no later than early February, she said in a televised statement on Thursday (Jan 19).

As the country's youngest leader in more than a century, the charismatic 42-year-old's response to the mass shooting by a white supremacist in Christchurch, a fatal volcanic eruption and her success with the COVID-19 pandemic has won her international praise and admiration.

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