The Socialist Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, announced that she is pregnant and is expecting in June.
As leader of the Labour Party, and New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister, she will have 6 weeks off, her Deputy, Winston Peters, will fill in for her while she’s away.
She said in a press conference in front of her house:
“Obviously I take very seriously the roll of becoming a mum… but we (her and her husband) equally take seriously the roll of I’ve taken on as Prime Minister of New Zealand.”
“I have to acknowledge my job is different, my job is demanding, people place faith in me, and have given me a mandate, so I have to make sure that I’m juggling both roles, but also fulfilling my duties to New Zealand at the same time.”
Mrs. Arden is the world’s youngest female Prime Minister, as she came into office aged 37. She openly criticised capitalism, calling it a “blatant failure,” citing levels of homelessness and low wages as evidence that “the market has failed” her country’s poor.
She’s also planning to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis within her first term. She also wants to decriminalise abortions, as abortions in New Zealand are illegal, as part of their “Crimes Act.”
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cheri Blair, gave birth while Tony Blair was Prime Minister in 2000, but he didn’t take leave, only scaling back some of his work load. It seems to be a trend set by Labour PM’s, but this is certainly a first! We at Franglish Politics congratulate her and wish her the best.
By Berk Bektas
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