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Jacinda Ardern's resignation: New Zealand PM shot to 'rock star' status but lost ground on bread-and-butter issues

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a photo taken in London, England in July 2022.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a photo taken in London, England in July 2022.

In a shock move, Ms Jacinda Ardern announced that she will be stepping down as New Zealand's prime minister
She said that she "no longer has enough in the tank" to do the job justice
Ms Ardern is known for her progressive politics and received international praise for the way she handled the aftermath of a deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch and the Covid-19 pandemic
The youthful PM won fans around the world for her modern, empathetic approach to the job
But she saw faltering support as domestic issues such as the high cost of living and inflation affected the lives of ordinary citizens
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