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Jacinda Ardern to stand down as New Zealand’s prime minister

By Nic Fildes

19 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The FT reviews Ardern's time as prime minister and why her domestic popularity has eventually begun to wane—despite continuing to represent, for many globally, a kind of progressive idol.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister since 2017, is to step down by February, bringing to a close a five-year term that brought her international acclaim but left her increasingly politically isolated at home as a cost of living crisis took hold.

Ardern said that following a period of reflection over Christmas, she no longer had the energy to continue as leader of the government and would resign rather than contest a general election this year.

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