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22/06/2018

NZ Prime Minister Gives Birth To Baby Girl

The Prime Minister of New Zealand has given birth to her first child, becoming the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

37-year-old Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7.3lb in the city of Auckland early on Thursday morning, 21 June.

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After breaking the news on social media, she later said in a statement: "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you."

She has passed on her duties to deputy prime minister Winston Peters while she takes six weeks of maternity leave.

In 1990, the late Benazir Bhutt because the first elected world leader to give birth in office, when she had a daughter while serving as Pakistan's prime minister.

(LM)

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"The Prime Minister of New Zealand has given birth to her first child, becoming the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office."