Jacinda Ardern’s ‘immeasurable difference’ hailed by world leaders following shock resignation as New Zealand prime minister—but not everyone was a fan

“I no longer have enough left in the tank”, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as she announced she was stepping down from the top role on Thursday.

The Labour Party leader said in a tearful address to the nation that her term would end by Feb. 7, if not sooner, to make way for a replacement because she doesn’t believe she

has the energy to go on in the job. “I would be doing a disservice to New Zealand to continue," said the 42-year-old, who has gained a reputation internationally for her

empathetic leadership style and no-nonsense approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. While detailing the toll the last five and a half years have taken, she added: “Leading a

country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also the most challenging. You cannot and should not do the job unless you have a full tank, plus a bit in reserve

for those unplanned and unexpected challenges.” Her candor has been hailed as tributes poured in from world leaders. How world leaders have reacted

Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and the leader of New Zealand’s opposition

National Party, Christopher Luxon, were among the first leaders to commemorate Ardern.  Albanese championed Ardern’s leadership qualities on Twitter, writing: "Jacinda

Ardern has shown the world how to lead with intellect and strength."  "She has demonstrated that empathy and insight are powerful leadership qualities. Jacinda has been

a fierce advocate for New Zealand, an inspiration to so many and a great friend to me," he added.