An emotional New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday she would not seek re-election and is resigning from office, noting—while choking back tears—that she no longer has the energy required to fill the role.
In a tearful address at the Labour Party summer caucus retreat in the New Zealand city of Napier, she said: “I decided to give myself a chance to really reflect if I had what was needed… I’d be doing a disservice to New Zealand if I continued,” she said of her decision, which she claimed she made over the past months.
“I believe that leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also one of the more challenging. You cannot and should not do it unless you have a full tank plus a bit in reserve for those unexpected challenges. I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice.”
Source: The Daily Beast
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