New Zealand election: Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party wins overwhelming victory

Helen Dunmore Oct 18, 2020
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Ms. Jacinda Arden’s center-left Labor Party won 49% of the vote and she is expected to win a rare majority in direct parliamentary elections. The opposition center-right National Party currently accounts for 27%,

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party wins overwhelming victory
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After receiving all the votes, Ms. Arden’s center-left Labor Party won 49.1% of the seats, is expected to get 64 seats, and won a rare absolute majority in Parliament.

The opposition center-right National Party won 26.8% of the seats in Saturday’s poll-only 35 seats in the 120-seat parliament.

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The investigation was originally scheduled to be conducted in September, but it was postponed for a month after the outbreak of Covid-19. Before Saturday’s vote, more than one million people voted in the early voting that began on October 3.

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New Zealanders are also required to hold two referendums at the same time as the general election.

Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party wins
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party wins

40-year-old Ms. Ardern told supporters after the victory: “New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in nearly 50 years. We will not take your support for granted. I can guarantee that we will be every New Zealander in the ruling party. “

Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party wining moment
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party wining moment

The leader of the National Party (NAT), Judith Collins, congratulated Ms. Arden and assured her that her party would be a “strong opposition.”

She was referring to the next scheduled election. “We will be back.” Since the introduction of the voting system called Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP) in 1996, no party has been able to obtain an absolute majority in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party Victory moment
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party Victory moment

Ms. Arden, known as the “Republican election” poll, promised to implement more climate-friendly policies, increase funding for disadvantaged schools, and raise income taxes for high-income earners.

She has won praise on the international stage and has been appreciated by many people in China.

Things have not always been smooth sailing-some have accused her of failing to fulfill key election promises, such as reducing child poverty, while others have mocked her “wake up” policy of supporting social and racial justice. However, Jacinda Ardern entered the 2020 election with a 55% approval rating, which means an overwhelming victory.

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