New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is stepping down after a tumultuous five years that catapulted him to global stardom as a progressive leader but left his base amid challenges at home.
These are the three moments that have marked the leadership of Ardern, 42, who declared on Thursday: “I know I don’t have enough in the tank anymore.”
The child made history for the United Nations
Ardern won accolades in September 2018 when she was photographed kissing and bouncing her then-three-month-old daughter, Navy, inside the UN General Assembly hall – the first time a child has done so in the organization’s history. There was an appearance.
She was the second Prime Minister of Pakistan to give birth while in power after Benazir Bhutto in 1990.
“I want to normalize it,” Ardern told CNN.
“By being more open it can pave the way for other women.”
Attack on the mosque
Ardern won widespread praise for her response to the March 2019 Christchurch attacks, when a white supremacist gunman targeted two mosques during Friday prayers, killing 51 people and seriously injuring 40 others.
When he donned a headscarf and comforted the families of the victims after the shooting, it became a global sensation. She would later describe it as a spontaneous gesture of respect for the Muslim community.
He also won praise for quickly enacting gun law reforms and pushing social media giants to crack down on hate speech online.
Ardern found herself comforting a traumatized nation again nine months later when a volcano erupted on White Island, also known as Whakari, killing 21 people and burning dozens more.
Ardern won a second term in a landslide in October 2020, snapping up a clear parliamentary majority as she rode a wave of “Jackandmania” popularity attributed to her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ardern, who formed a coalition government in 2017, described her second win as a “Covid election”.
He campaigned on his government’s success in ending community transmission of the coronavirus, which at the time had claimed 25 lives in a population of five million.
New Zealand fully reopened its borders in August last year. The total number of deaths attributed to Covid has now risen to 2,437.