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Jacinda Ardern

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The Resume

    (July 26, 1980- )
    Born in Hamilton, New Zealand
    Leader of the Labour Party (Assumed position August 1, 2017)
    Prime Minister of New Zealand (Assumed office October 26, 2017)
    Announced resignation (January 19, 2023)

Why she might be annoying:

    She called capitalism ‘a blatant failure.’
    Until a few months before she became the Labour Party leader, she claimed she was not up to the demands of the position: ‘When you’re a bit of an anxious person, and you constantly worry about things, there comes a point where certain jobs are just really bad for you.’
    She was criticized for taking a flight separate from the rest of the New Zealand delegation when attending the Pacific Islands Forum, with the extra plane costing taxpayers $100,000 (2018).
    During an Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, President Donald Trump mistook her for Canadian First Lady Sophie Trudeau.

Why she might not be annoying:

    After college, she volunteered at a soup kitchen in New York City.
    She was twice voted New Zealand’s sexiest politician.
    She was the first New Zealand Prime Minister to march in a gay pride parade (2018).
    When Trump commented at the APEC forum, ‘This lady just caused a lot of upset in her country,’ she replied, ‘No one marched when I was elected.’
    Her remarks after the Christchurch mosque shootings were widely praised. (‘Many of those directly affected in this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand. They may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us, is not. They have no place in New Zealand.’)

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 163 Votes: 53.99% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 624 Votes: 51.60% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 13 Votes: 23.08% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 109 Votes: 48.62% Annoying