‘Retiring at the peak of career’: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh hails New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

New Delhi: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Thursday (January 19, 2023) praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, hours after she announced that she was stepping down as the leader of her country.

Congress general secretary Ramesh said on his official Twitter account, “The great cricket commentator, Vijay Merchant once said this about retiring at the peak of his career: Go when people ask why he is leaving, rather than when he Why aren’t you going?” The Kiwi PM, Jacinda Ardern has just said she is giving up on following the Merchant principle.”

“Indian politics needs more people like him,” he added.

‘For me, it’s time’: Jacinda Ardern to step down as New Zealand PM

Earlier in the day, in what came as a shock to many, Jacinda Ardern said she had “no more in the tank” to continue leading New Zealand and would step down before the start of February and then Will not contest elections from

Ardern told reporters that February 7 would be her last day in office and said she would hold her seat as an MLA until the October 14 general election.

Holding back tears, the 42-year-old leader said it had been a tough five-and-a-half years as prime minister and she was only human and needed to step aside.

“This summer, I hoped to find a way to prepare for not just another year, but another term – because that’s what’s needed this year. I haven’t been able to do that,” he told a news conference. ”

“I know there will be a lot of discussion after this decision as to what the so-called ‘real’ reason was … The only interesting angle you’ll find is that after six years of some huge challenges, that I’m human,” Ardern said .

The leader of the New Zealand Labor Party said, “Politicians are human. We give all we can, as long as we can, and then it’s time. And for me it’s time.”

Ardern said she was stepping down not because the job was difficult, but because she believed others could do a better job.

Jacinda Ardern became the world’s youngest female head of state in 2017

Jacinda Ardern made global headlines in 2017 when she became the world’s youngest female head of state at the age of 37. Read more

Riding the wave of “Jesinda-mania”, she passionately campaigned for women’s rights and to end child poverty and economic inequality in the country.

Eight months after becoming the PM of New Zealand. She became the second elected leader of Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto to give birth while in office.

Ardern was seen by many as part of a wave of progressive women leaders, including Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

His empathetic leadership style was cemented by the response to mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in 2019, which killed 51 people and injured 40.

Ardern swiftly labeled the attacks “terrorism” and wore a hijab when she met with the Muslim community a day after the attack, the country’s worst mass shooting.

She also won across the political spectrum for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the country face some of the strictest measures globally but resulted in the lowest number of deaths.