New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was re-elected in the general election.
A resounding victory. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, was re-elected on Saturday for a new term, her Labor Party being on the verge of winning an absolute majority in Parliament: after counting 95% of the ballots, the political party could obtain 64 of the 120 seats in Parliament, a first since the overhaul of the electoral system in 1996. “Thank you to all those people who gave us their voice, who trusted us to continue to lead the recovery of New Zealand,” she told the jubilant Labor activists. “After this result, we have a mandate to accelerate our response and the recovery, and we will start tomorrow,” she added, referring to her social and environmental reforms.
“There is no doubt that the very strong leadership of Jacinda Ardern is one of the main reasons for all this,” welcomed the leader of the center-left party, Claire Szabo. The leader of the conservative opposition, the National Party, Judith Collins has recognized “extraordinary results for the Labor Party”.
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New Zealand has “beaten the virus again”
The government’s success in the fight against the pandemic is one of the reasons for this electoral success. New Zealand, with a population of five million, has recorded just 25 deaths from the coronavirus, including the last dates back to October 4 – this was the first since May 24. The strategy adopted by the government of the Prime Minister – tracing the contacts of infected people, their placement in quarantine as well as an intense screening campaign – has been welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Apart from the closing of the borders and the economic recession, life is now running smoothly in the country, where the population can without restriction and without fear go to the stadiums or the pubs after the passage of a second wave which resulted in the one month postponement of the elections.
In early October, Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand had “beaten the virus again”, declaring the end of the second wave declared in August after a series of 102 days without local contamination. An epidemic focus had been spotted in Auckland, the large city of the North Island, had resulted in the adoption of strict restrictions, now lifted. Wearing a mask is compulsory in public transport throughout the country.