Jacinda Ardern: Open-minded for an open New Zealand

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Updated March 19, 2019, 16:49

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has a flawless image at home and around the world. Even in the dark days after the Christchurch attack, the 38-year-old is a good figure. Like a modern woman with her open nature she fights for a modern and open country.

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The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, is a happy woman of only 38 years, who seems able to do her best in almost everything. Happy-go-lucky is the name that people like in English.

In 2017, Ardern managed to get their Labor party out of a seemingly hopeless backlog for the government. Eight months later, in 1990, he gave birth to a daughter as the first head of interim government in the world, after Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan.

With the child at the United Nations

New Zealand enjoyed "Jacindamania", in "Jacinda Mania". Ardern also became a star in international politics, at the latest when he brought his daughter Neve to the United Nations General Assembly in September.




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The cure has taken over – as well as when the mother is on duty – Pope Clarke Gayford, a television presenter, who allows New Zealanders to participate in Twitter in his life as a man of the house and "Primo papà".

After the double racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch with 50 deaths on Friday, the mood is very different. New Zealand is in shock. The horror is great all over the world. Ardern is now required to be responsible for the crisis. "Happy-go-sad": happiness has become a great loss.

So far, as observers agree, Ardern is doing quite well. The prime minister has been present since Friday. With the deep circles under his eyes, narrower than ever, he answers every day.

In solidarity, look for the hijab

The tone is right. In the early hours, he said: "We have not become a target because we are a safe haven for those who hate us, we have not been elected because we endorse racism or we are an enclave of extremism, but because we are all these are not. "

During his visit to Christchurch, the Social Democratic Prime Minister also looked good. Ardern arrived all in black and blue, with a black veil, the hijab, worn by Muslim women. "New Zealand is united in pain, we are united in mourning," he said. Again and again he took the Muslim women in his arms.




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Ardern also had time to talk to the survivors without cameras. His partner Clarke Gayford was there.

The Muslim community thanked for the support. One of the men, Habib Ullah, said: "These are small gestures that mean a lot to us".

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The first name Jacinda means hyacinth. It comes from Greek mythology. It is said that Apollon accidentally killed the young Hyakinthos with a discus and later, due to the pain, turned his blood into flowers.

These days, it seems as if Jacinda Ardern was also able to make the most of a bloody act. And unlike Apollo, it does not need supernatural powers. On the contrary: Ardern marks with humanity, in crisis, and even otherwise: if in the hijab he consoles members of the victims of Christchurch or reports on Instagram an incident with beet pulp – the message is the same: I I'm one of you.

Jacinda Ardern wants to unite now rather than divide. He has an exercise in this: Ardern's left-wing Labor Party ruled together with the neo-populist New Zealand First.

Stricter arms laws, as requested by Labor, the coalition partner had previously biased. Now Vice President Winston Peters said: "Our world has changed forever, so our laws will change."

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In the midst of Friday prayers, a gunman rages on a mosque in Christchurch. The shots also fall at another mosque in the city of New Zealand. Many people are killed in the attack. Images of a scary act. (With dpa material)

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