New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bid farewell to her office staff, after she submitted her resignation from the post.
And when Ardern entered the hall, where the employees gathered, applause and shouts of welcome and celebration erupted. Everyone also respected her, and their faces showed signs of being affected by her departure. Ardern hugged a number of those present while her eyes were teary.
Those present gave Ardern a song that they all sang in the native language of the indigenous tribes of New Zealand.
Jacinda Ardern shocked New Zealand by announcing her sudden withdrawal from power, less than three years after winning a second term, following a landslide electoral victory.
Jacinda Ardern leaves a meeting in her party today dedicated to choosing her successor-
Jacinda Ardern attends a party meeting today dedicated to choosing her successor--
Jacinda Ardern attends a party meeting today dedicated to choosing her successor
During her tenure, Ardern faced the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly volcanic eruption, and the worst attack committed in the country when a white supremacist killed 51 Muslim worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch in 2019.
Ardern said that the decision to withdraw from power was “tainted with sadness”, but confirmed that she was able to “sleep well for the first time in a long time” after revealing her decision.
Political commentators unanimously condemned the inappropriate language directed at Ardern before her resignation on social media.