New Zealand's ruling Labour Party is seeking a new leader after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's unexpected resignation.
Her term is set to conclude no later than Feb.
7, and a general election will take place on Oct. 14.
Ardern cited exhaustion, saying she had "no more in the tank" to lead the country.
A Labour Party vote on Sunday will determine the next party leader and prime minister.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's popular Prime Minister, suddenly announced her resignation from the post on Thursday.
While the news came as a shock globally, domestically, there had been growing concerns about the Labour Party's falling popularity.
Living costs, concerns over social issues, and rising crime also contributed to the decline of the party's popularity.
Despite Ardern's global acclaim, the Labour Party's popularity had decreased steadily, according to polls.
Ardern's successor will face a significant challenge in the upcoming general election, as the country is expected to face a recession during the next quarter.
While it is unclear who will take over as prime minister until the election, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed that he won't contest the leadership of the Labour Party.