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New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern on Time's list of 100 most influential people

FE Online Desk | Published: April 18, 2019 12:31:02 | Updated: April 18, 2019 16:27:10


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets representatives of the Muslim community at Canterbury refugee centre in Christchurch, New Zealand March 16, 2019. New Zealand Prime Minister's Office/Handout via Reuters

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was acclaimed for her compassionate handling of the aftermath of a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, has been named among the '100 Most Influential People' of 2019 by Time magazine.

The list, published on Wednesday, named the "influential people" under four categories: leaders, pioneers, artists, icons and titans.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote the following about Jacinda Ardern for Time's 100 most influential people issue.

"Londoners were heartbroken to wake up to news of the horrific terror attack in Christchurch, shocked by the callous targeting of innocent civilians for no reason other than their faith.

"Jacinda Ardern’s leadership since the attack has been an inspiration to us all. Not only is she delivering such swift action on gun control, she has sent a powerful message around the world about our shared values—that those who seek to divide us will never succeed, and that New Zealand will always protect and celebrate the diversity and openness that make our countries so great.

"Londoners stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. We will never forget that when terror sent ripples of fear through communities around the world, New Zealand’s Prime Minister proudly stood up for hope, unity and inclusiveness in the face of fear, division and hatred."

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad, US President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping also got places under the category of leaders on Time's list.

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