Golriz Ghahraman, a well-known member of the Green Party of New Zealand Parliament, has tendered her resignation after growing charges of theft.
Three incidents of theft from two apparel stores one in Wellington and the other in are the subject of the claims.
Following the release of purported CCTV footage showing Ms. Ghahraman removing a high-end handbag from an Auckland boutique, the uproar intensified and she decided to resign on Tuesday.
Ms. Ghahraman apologised for her acts in her letter of resignation.
She emphasized that her strange attitude was out of character for her and ascribed it to possible work-related stress.
She said, “I am very sorry. I have let down a lot of people.” She acknowledged that her behavior did not live up to the high expectations placed on elected officials.
The 42-year-old politician acknowledged in her resignation statement that it is difficult to properly explain her recent behavior, even though she has not been charged with a crime.
After being examined medically, she disclosed information obtained from mental health specialists who linked her actions to an excessive stress reaction and trauma that had not yet been identified.
She remarked, “It’s not a behavior I can explain because it’s not rational in any way, and I understand I’m not well after medical evaluation.”
“My recent behavior is consistent with recent occurrences causing an excessive stress response and linked to trauma that was previously unrecognized, according to the mental health professional I see.
The best thing for my mental health would be to step down from my position in parliament, concentrate on getting well, and look for new opportunities to advocate for positive change in the world.
Born in Iran, the Oxford-educated human rights attorney was elected as the nation’s first refugee Member of Parliament in 2017.
She became one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire in recent months.