‘Impressive victory: PM Imran Khan congratulates New Zealands Jacinda Ardern

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2020

The so-called "wasted vote" is around 8 per cent, and has gone in all directions, with New Zealand First down with minnows like TOP, the New Conservatives and the Party.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday delivered the biggest election victory for her Labour Party in half a century, leading her party to an outright majority in Parliament. With 27 percent of the vote, the National Party took 35 seats; the libertarian ACT New Zealand and the left-wing Green Party each took 10 seats; and the Maori Party - a center-left party focused on indigenous rights - secured one seat.

It's the first time under MMP a party has won the majority to govern alone.

'This has not been an ordinary election, and it's not an ordinary time, ' she said. 'It's been full of uncertainty and anxiety, and we set out to be an antidote to that'.

Ardern thanked supporters as they called out her name. "National will re-emerge from this loss a stronger, disciplined and more connected party", she said. I hope that this election, New Zealand has shown that this is not who we are. Almost half of the 3.5 million people registered to vote cast their ballots early.

"Tonight's result does give Labour a very strong and very clear mandate". She has since been celebrated as a role model for working mothers.

She moved quickly to pass new laws banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons.

New Zealand's quarter-on-quarter gross domestic product shrank by 12.2% in the three months to June, more than the OECD average.

Under Ms Ardern, one of the youngest prime ministers in the world, New Zealand has escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, recording just 25 deaths. The country eliminated community transmission for 102 days before a new cluster was discovered in August in Auckland. Ardern swiftly imposed a second lockdown in Auckland and the new outbreak faded away.

Ardern's brand of compassionate politics - "be kind", became her catchphrase during the pandemic - has been championed in sharp contrast to the polarizing approach of President Trump, with whom she has occasionally butted heads. Collins, 61, is promising sweeping tax cuts in response to the economic downturn caused by the virus.

Ardern arrived at Auckland Town Hall on Friday night to a jubilant reception as she took the stage with Labour MPs and her partner, radio and television presenter Clarke Gayford.

'It is an outstanding result for the Labour Party, ' Ms Collins said. 'It has been a tough campaign'.

Collins promised that the party would be back to fight another day.

New Zealanders had to wait nearly a month before Peters announced he would form a coalition with the Labour Party, becoming deputy prime minister. If she is unable to form a Labour-only government, she is expected to continue to rely on the minor Greens while jettisoning New Zealand First.

Labour Minister David Parker said it was a landslide win for his party. "She also really emphasized that unity message, and said she was aware that many voters had voted Labour for the first time".

The other referendum asks whether New Zealanders support the End of Life Choice Act.

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