Foreign Affairs
New Zealand’s PM expecting a baby

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has announced that she is expecting a baby.  She and her partner, Clarke Gayford, are expecting the baby to be born in June, after which the PM is planning to take six weeks maternity leave.

Ardern, 37, became New Zealand’s youngest PM when she formed a centre-left coalition government between the Labour Party which she leads and the First Party, led by Winston Peters.

She announced the news of her pregnancy on Instagram, saying that she already had a plan on how to balance her political and family commitments. Ardern said that during her six weeks maternity leave, Acting PM Peters would be leading the country, while maintaining contact with her, as happens when she is abroad.

Her partner is then expected to stay at home to take care of the baby while she goes back to work.

Ardern is the second elected leader of a country who became pregnant while occupying the role, the first being Benazir Bhutto who gave birth in 1990 while she was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.