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Jacinda Ardern’s emotional farewell message as New Zealand Prime Minister: “You can be sensitive, a mother and a crybaby, and be a leader”

He gave his last speech before Parliament with personal and political overtones. He will dedicate himself to working on the elimination of hateful content on social networks.

The Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardernleft his country’s Parliament this Wednesday with an emotional and very personal speech during which he also called for an opening of politics towards those who do not see themselves as a typical political leader.

“You can be anxious, sensitive, kind, mother or not, nerdy, crybaby, hugger, you can be all of those things and be a leader at the same time”was the most heartfelt segment of the now former New Zealand official.

Although later the tone was intermingled with the political world with which he lived.

“I thought I had to change radically to survive as a politician. It didn’t,” she said, revealing her anxieties as prime minister: “A role I never thought I would have to play.” And she talked about worries that made her suffer, like not being able to eat when she had to answer questions.

On her last day in parliament, Ardern leaves behind a complex legacy: her successes in responding to Covid, the Christchurch disasters and terror attacks on New Zealand’s Muslim community have won her international recognition and acclaim, but slow progress. in the housing crisis, inequality and the climate emergency diminished their achievements, says the agency ANSA.

Ardern announced his resignation in January, explaining that “has no more energy” to continue governing after five and a half years in office and nine months before the legislative elections.

“I am human”he declared.

The former prime minister’s farewell speech was greeted with a standing ovation and the deputies and the public stood up to sing the waiata, a traditional Maori song, which says “Tutiro mai ngā iwi”, that is, ” Get in line, people, all of us, we seek each other’s knowledge and love.”

Ardern, in 2017, at the age of 37, became the youngest politician in the world to occupy the head of governmentand in this regard, he recalled in his speech that taking office was a kind of “cross between the sense of duty to direct a moving freight train (…) and being run over by one.”

What will Jacinda Ardern’s new life be like?

The former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, will assume the honorary position of special envoy for the “Chirstchurch Appeal”, an initiative that she herself promoted with the aim of remove hateful and extremist content from the internetfollowing the partial broadcast on social networks of the massacre in that city.

In addition, he will join the Earthshot Award Board of Trustees – chaired by Prince William of England – and awards prizes to distinguished champions in the fight against the climate crisis.

Ardern, whose charisma and use of social networks generated a wave of admiration, also vowed to be home by the time his daughter Neve enters primary school and to marry romantic partner Clarke Gayford, “her guardian” and who has taken care of the household chores and raising your little girl.


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