Ardern scores resounding victory in New Zealand election

PM Ardern on track for landslide re-election win in New Zealand vote

To the left of Labour, the Green Party won approximately 8% of the vote, with Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick on track to win the key Auckland Central electorate.

Labour was on target to win an outright majority of the seats in Parliament, something that hasn´t happened since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago.

The Pakistani premier's tweet sent "warmest congratulations" to Jacinda Ardern on her impressive victory in New Zealand elections 2020.

"Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in at least 50 years", Ardern said in a powerful victory speech on Saturday night where she referred to the hard times ahead for New Zealand.

With more than 90% of the votes counted, Labour Party won 49%, while the Opposition National Party secured 27%.

"The results show how much New Zealanders want a strong, truly progressive government". Those results could affect the final allocation of seats in parliament.

Surveys ahead of the vote had suggested Ardern's center-left Labour Party would likely win reelection.

Collins says she felt devastated for her MPs, and the fact the party vote wasn't high enough. The libertarian ACT New Zealand has gained popularity and is set to win 10 seats, a major increase from the one it now has.

"And in times of crisis, I believe New Zealand has shown that".

These restrictions were gradually eased over following weeks as new infections fell and the Labour Party's fortunes turned around, after trailing the National Party before the pandemic. "I particularly applaud the way you have responded with calm, compassion and respect for others in the face of tragedy", the Dalai Lama wrote in a letter to Ardern.

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Ardern came out of her home in Auckland, waved and hugged gathered supporters.

"We always knew it was going to be tough, didn't we?" Still, she will be wary of alienating centrist voters with increased social spending at a time when debt is spiraling due to the government's pandemic response. We will not take your support for granted. National will reemerge from this loss a stronger, more disciplined and more connected party.

As of Friday, just shy of 2 million people - or 57% of all enrolled voters - had already cast their ballot in advance at polling booths around the country, including Collins and Ardern.

New Zealand law restricts media coverage and political advertising while polls are open.

New Zealanders also voted on Saturday in referendums to legalise euthanasia and recreational marijuana, with results to be announced on October 30.

The official election results will be released on November 6.

"I want to congratulate Jacinda Ardern and her team on an extraordinary win", she said.

Ardern did in fact have a baby daughter in June 2018, eight months after becoming prime minister - only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto.

She also won praise for her empathetic handling of major crises. She had also become a hero past year when a Christian terrorist massacred close to 50 Muslim worshippers during a Friday prayer.

After Christchurch she again offered comfort to the nation, when the White Island (also known as Whakaari) volcano erupted last December, killing 21 people and leaving dozens more with horrific burns. That, as a nation, we can listen and we can debate.

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