New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, who heads the country’s Labor Party, has been elected to a second term.
The 40-year-old Arden has achieved an absolute and rare majority in parliament that allows her to form a government with her party alone, having won 64 of the 120 seats in parliament. No party has been able to do this in New Zealand since the 1996 election change.
“New Zealand has shown the widest support for Labor in 50 years,” Arden said in a victory speech. “We will not take your support for granted. I can assure you that we will be a ruling party for every New Zealand citizen.”
“We live in a world with increasing polarization,” the prime minister added. “A place where more and more people have lost the ability to look at the other’s position. I hope that after this election, New Zealand has shown that this is not who we are.”
The Labor Party led by Arden won 49% of the vote, the New Zealand First Party received 2.3% of the vote and the Green Party voted 8.3%. Arden was faced by 61-year-old Judith Collins, the leader of the Conservative National Party who received 27% of the vote.
Arden has managed to stem the spread of the corona in New Zealand, which has five million citizens. Currently there is no spread of the virus in the community, there is no obligation to wear a mask and citizens are not required to maintain social distance.
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