Ardern is torn between ruling New Zealand alone or coalition

Ardern is torn between ruling New Zealand alone or coalition

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Sydney (Australia), Oct 18 (EFE) .- The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who the day before swept the general elections at the head of the Labor Party, is debating this Sunday between governing alone or in coalition with the Party Green.

Ardern told the media that after yesterday’s landslide victory he has spoken with members of the Greens and that it will take him about three weeks to form the new government for a three-year term.

“I told the Greens that I want to speak with them next week,” said the president, praised internationally for her management of the covid-19 pandemic, stating that she has previously worked “to build consensus.”

The interim results, with 100 percent scrutinized, give Labor 49.1 percent of the vote or 64 seats of the 120 seats in the New Zealand Parliament, allowing the charismatic 40-year-old politician to rule without the need for alliances, a feat that no political formation has achieved since the electoral reform of 1996.

The opposition National Party, with which power has historically alternated, reached 26.8 percent, which translates into 35 parliamentarians (20 less than in previous elections).

For their part, the Greens won 7.6 percent of the vote, occupying 10 seats.

Ardern achieved popular support thanks to his rapid and efficient management in the face of the covid-19 pandemic and forceful but conciliatory response to the supremacist attack in 2019 against two Christchurch mosques.

(c) EFE Agency


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