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New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 25, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Sep 25, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
New Zealand PM brings baby to UN assembly

Jacinda Ardern is the second world leader after Benazir Bhutto to give birth while in office

New Zealand’s prime minister, who shot to international fame for giving birth while in office, turned heads Monday by bringing her three-month-old daughter into the UN assembly hall.

Jacinda Ardern, 38, is only the second world leader to ever give birth while in office. The first was the late Benazir Bhutto, who was prime minister of Pakistan when her daughter was born in 1990.

The premier was photographed kissing and bouncing her daughter Neve up and down in the main assembly hall next to partner Clarke Gayford at a plenary meeting known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, which she also addressed.

Gayford, a television fishing show host who plans to be the main caregiver for their daughter, tweeted a picture of the infant’s UN diplomatic photo ID that classified her as New Zealand’s “first baby”.

“I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st,” he wrote.

Ardern became prime minister in October just three months after taking charge of the Labour Party as it languished in the polls. She returned to work last month after six weeks of maternity leave.

She had already announced that they would travel as a family to the UN in New York, where she was to address the General Assembly. Earlier on Monday, she spoke at the launch of the annual Climate Week event.

Pregnancy, motherhood and her coalition government have turned her into a poster child for feminism against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement in the United States, where she is taking part in a series of media appearances.

“It felt at the time on par I have to say!” she joked on The Today Show, the flagship morning programme on NBC News, when asked what was harder — taking a three-month-old on a 17-hour flight or running the country.

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