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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to step down in February

Prime minister also announces general election set for October

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand on Jan. 19.    © TVNZ/AFPTV/Jiji

SYDNEY/TOKYO -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday said she will step down by Feb. 7. Her successor has not yet been determined, but the ruling Labour Party will soon meet to determine a new party leader, who will then become prime minister.

"This summer, I had hoped to find a way to prepare not just for another year but another term because that is what this year requires," Ardern, 42, said. "I have not been able to do that.

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