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New Zealand's prime minister — a liberal and mom-to-be — inspires 'Jacindamania'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealanders call their seat of power the Beehive, a sparkle of Kiwi humor for a spiraling concrete building that looks exactly as it sounds. On the ninth floor, the country's leader greets visitors in an unassuming office with posters of women in wartime and a view of the Wellington harbor.

"I'm Jacinda," she says, extending her hand.

The calm belies a movie-worthy first 100 days for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who in October, at 37, became the world's youngest female leader.

Ardern took control after jumping into the race seven weeks before the vote. She formed a coalition government of rivals, akin to Bernie Sanders sharing power with Ted Cruz. Then, in January, Ardern announced her pregnancy - which means this year she'll become the only elected world leader besides

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