World News – AU – New Zealand elections: Jacinda Ardern’s Labor party wins landslide victory


css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a landslide victory in the country’s general election

With all the votes counted, Ms Ardern’s center-left Labor Party won 491%, bringing in 64 seats expected and a rare parliamentary majority outright

The opposition center-right National Party won 268% in Saturday’s poll – just 35 seats in the 120-seat assembly

The poll was originally scheduled to be held in September, but was postponed for a month after a new Covid-19 outbreak

Ahead of Saturday’s vote, more than a million people voted in the early poll, which opened on October 3

The final tally of the Election Commission also gave ACT New Zealand 8% of the vote (10 seats planned), the Greens 76% (10), the Maori party 1% (1) and others 77% (0 )

Ms Ardern, 40, told her supporters after the victory: ‘New Zealand has shown the Labor Party their biggest support in almost 50 years We won’t take your support for granted And I can promise you that we will be a governing party for every New Zealander « 

National Party (NAT) leader Judith Collins praised Ms Ardern and pledged her party would be a « strong opposition »

« Three years will pass in the blink of an eye, » she said, referring to the next scheduled election « We will be back »

No party has managed to secure an outright majority in New Zealand since it introduced a voting system known as Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) in 1996

Ms Ardern, who dubbed the poll « the Covid election, » pledged to put in place more climate-friendly policies, increase funding for underprivileged schools, and raise taxes on top incomes. high

This was never going to be a biting election Opinion polls had comfortably put Ms Ardern on track to win a second term The results confirmed what everyone already knew

The real question was how well Jacinda Ardern and her party were going to win and by everyone’s standard this is a remarkable victory

This is a big victory for a party that was carried by the star power of its leader Ms Ardern led New Zealand through a terrorist attack, a natural disaster and a global pandemic – and did it focusing on kindness and compassion

But things are going to be different in Q2 New Zealand is in recession for the first time in 11 years and Labor has been criticized for not having a clear recovery plan for Covid-19 A big part of the work will turn around the economy with the pandemic still looming

In addition to choosing their favorite candidate and party, New Zealanders have also been asked to vote in two referendums: the end-of-life choice on euthanasia and the legalization of cannabis

The first aims to give terminally ill people the opportunity to ask for assisted dying This is a binding vote, which means that it will be adopted if more than 50% vote « yes »

This is not however binding – which means that even if a majority of people vote « yes » – cannabis might not become legal right away It would still be up to the new government to introduce a bill to legalize this

New Zealand has a general election every three years Under its MMP system, voters are invited to vote twice – for their preferred party and for their electorate, or constituency, MP

A party must receive more than 5% of the party’s vote or win an electorate seat to enter parliament, although there are guarantees for Maori candidates

In 2017 the National Party won the most seats but failed to form a government and Labor formed a coalition with the Greens and New Zealand first, a nationalist party

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