Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 19, 2018 in Warren Fyfe Site
Media captionNew Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern says she is expecting

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant.

Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break.

“And we thought 2017 was a big year!” she wrote on Instagram.

Ms Ardern, 37, is now set to be the second elected world leader to give birth while in office – and the first to do so in almost 30 years.

In 1990, Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan’s prime minister – in what was reported to be a first for an elected leader, rather than royal families.

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Ms Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest prime minister since 1856 when she formed a centre-left coalition in October.

She was flooded with support after making the announcement on her social media profiles on Friday.

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And we thought 2017 was a big year! Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats. I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be “first man of fishing” and stay at home dad. I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited. I know there will be lots of questions, and we’ll answer all of them (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) But for now, bring on 2018.

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Ms Ardern’s Labour Party came second in September’s election, where no party was able to secure a majority.

She formed a government with the backing of Winston Peters, leader of the small New Zealand First party.

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“As is the case when I am overseas, Mr Peters will act as prime minister, working with my office while staying in touch with me,” Ms Ardern said in a statement reported by the New Zealand Herald on Friday.

“I fully intend to be contactable and available throughout the six-week period when needed.”

Ms Ardern said she discovered her pregnancy only six days before learning she would be prime minister, and it was “100% a surprise”.

“I am not the first woman to multi-task. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby – there are many women who have done this before,” she said.

Mr Gayford would be a “stay-at-home” dad, she added.

Two of New Zealand’s former prime ministers were among the first to offer congratulations.

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Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also shared best wishes from himself and his wife.

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Ms Ardern took over the Labour leadership in July. She later said that she had an hour’s notice that Andrew Little was about to stand down.

On her first day as opposition leader, Ms Ardern was controversially asked by a TV talk show host whether she had made “a choice between having babies and having a career”.

Ms Ardern replied that such a question was “totally unacceptable in 2017″.

“It is a woman’s decision about when they choose to have children and it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities,” she said.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42741789

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