No Scandal, Just Tired: New Zealand PM Stepping Down

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she would step down from her position before Feb. 7.
  • Ardern, 42, attributed her decision to insufficient energy to lead the nation.
  • Ardern became the nation’s youngest-ever female prime minister, and the nation’s youngest prime minister overall in 150 years, when she took office at age 37 in 2017. She later secured reelection in 2020. A general election is currently scheduled for Oct. 14.