New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a healthy baby girl (Photograph: © Jacinda Ardern/INSTAGRAM) at Auckland City Hospital on Thursday. She is the second world leader to bear a child while in office. “Welcome to our village wee one,” Ardern posted on Facebook along with a photo of her and partner Clarke Gayford holding the baby. She is planning a six-week maternity leave during which time her deputy, Winston Peters, will take over as acting prime minister. Peters has already been performing some of Ardern’s duties including running Cabinet meetings in Wellington. Arden is the second world leader to give birth while in office after former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, delivered a daughter in 1990. While Ardern is taking maternity leave, Bhutto resumed duty a day after delivering her daughter. Ardern’s baby shares her birthday with Bhutto and Britain’s Prince William.
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