On Thursday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced publicly that she will be resigning in three weeks time and will not be seeking to run for re-election. Ardern made this announcement at her labor party’s annual caucus meeting according to Fox News.
Ardern who has been the center of much controversy for her questionable decisions as Prime Minister said she “no longer had enough in the tank” to continue executing the job. Her official resignation date will be February 7th.
Her resignation comes after she was caught on a hot mic in Parliament on December 13th, 2022, calling David Seymour the minor opposition party leader a “arrogant pr***.” Ardern explained to the caucus that she “knows what it takes to get the job done” but she now feels as if she doesn’t have enough drive to continue to do it.
Ardern and the Labour Party’s approval rating has sunk to its lowest since the party came to power in 2017 according to a Kantar One News Poll. Ardern is only the third women to be in the position of Prime Minister un New Zealand and the youngest of them to assume that role.
“I hope I leave New Zealanders with a belief that you can be kind, but strong, empathetic but decisive, optimistic but focused. And that you can be your own kind of leader – one who knows when it’s time to go,” she said, according to the Guardian.
Ardern rose to power in 2017 and has had to lead through various hardships such as Covid-19 and the deaths of 51 New Zealanders that came from a devastating attack on two mosques. New Zealand had some of the strongest restrictions during the pandemic and that has led to many upset citizens and has played an impact on her approval ratings.
New Zealand’s Labour party will vote on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 to fill the position of Prime Minister until the next general election is held on October 14th, 2023.
For more on this story go to Fox News.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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