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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her decision to resign in January 2023. This decision surprised many, given Ardern's popularity and her empathetic handling of crises such as the Christchurch mosque shootings and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to various news articles, Ardern cited a lack of energy and motivation for her resignation. She said she no longer had "enough in the tank" to continue leading the country.

Jacinda Ardern has been a dynamic and compassionate leader who has captured the hearts of many worldwide. Her political career began in 2008 when she was elected as the youngest-ever member of New Zealand's parliament at just 28. Over the years, Ardern rose through the ranks and became the leader of the Labour Party in 2017.

Ardern's leadership during her tenure as Prime Minister has been marked by her strong commitment to social justice, gender equality, and environmental protection. She is a fierce advocate for the rights of women and marginalized communities. She has taken steps to address child poverty, mental health, and climate change issues.

In 2019, Ardern's leadership was tested when a devastating terrorist attack struck two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her swift response, which included a ban on assault rifles, earned her widespread praise and admiration worldwide. Among Republicans in the US, not so much, as the US continues to lead the world in gun deaths overall, and guns are the leading cause of death for children.

Ardern's down-to-earth personality, authenticity, and empathy have also endeared her to many, and she has been celebrated for her unique style of leadership, which emphasizes kindness and compassion. Her message of unity and inclusion has resonated with people from all walks of life, making her a true inspiration and a beacon of hope in these challenging times.

She will be missed and will undoubtedly be back in some capacity.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes powerful farewell speech

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resigned from her position and gave a speech marking her historic time in office. She told Parliament, “I’ve always believed this to be a place where you can make a difference. I leave, knowing that to be true.” NBC News’ Molly Hunter shares more.

In full: Jacinda Ardern delivers final speech in Parliament before bowing out of politics 

Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has addressed Parliament for the final time as Prime Minister, giving her valedictory speech before bowing out of politics.

What's next for Jacinda Ardern? 

Jacinda Ardern reveals she has not one, but TWO new jobs on the horizon. She sat down with Newshub's Samantha Hayes to discuss her legacy and future. 

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