Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, who is also the youngest prime minister the country, gave birth on Wednesday to her first child – a girl weighing 3.31 kg.
“Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We are all doing very well,” the happy mom said on Instagram.
Ardern became the second-ever elected leader of a country’s government to give birth to a child in this position. The first was Benazir Bhutto in 1990 who gave birth to a daughter while being the prime minister of Pakistan.
The 37-year-old politician passed on her duties to her deputy, Winston Peters, and took six weeks of maternity leave but said she was briefed on significant issues and read cabinet paperwork.
The pregnancy of the prime minister, elected last October, was reported early this year. “I’m not the first woman to multitask, I will not be the first woman to work and have a baby. Many women have done this before me,” she said earlier in an interview with New Zealand radio.
On June 6, 2018, 13 countries – Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, Canada, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Japan, Ireland, Slovenia, Switzerland and Australia were recognized as the most peaceful states. Germany, as in 2017, was on the 17th position, losing also to Sweden, Finland and Norway.