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Ardern Storms to Historic Election Win After Crushing Covid

Added 10-17-20 09:04:03pm EST - “(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swept to an historic election victory and said she will use her mandate to rebuild an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic and tackle social inequality.Ardern's Labour…” - Finance.yahoo.com

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(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swept to an historic election victory and said she will use her mandate to rebuild an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic and tackle social inequality.

Ardern’s Labour Party secured the first outright majority in parliament since the introduction of proportional representation in 1996 and, if preliminary results stand, its biggest share of the vote in more than 70 years. While Ardern is expected to invite the Green Party into her new administration, she doesn’t need them to govern and said she needs time to take stock.

“Over the next three years there is much work to do,” Ardern told supporters Saturday night in Auckland. “We will build back better from the Covid crisis. This is our opportunity to build an economy that works for everyone. We have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery.”

Ardern, 40, has captured the hallowed center ground in New Zealand politics with a blend of empathetic leadership and skilled crisis management that has also won her fame abroad. Her successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated those strengths, drowning out criticism that she hasn’t delivered on some key promises during her first term in office.

Preliminary results give Ardern 64 of the 120 seats in parliament. Labour won 49% of the vote after a huge swing to the left in many urban and provincial electorates. The opposition National Party slumped to 27%, its worst showing since 2002. Final results, including 480,000 special votes, are due on Nov. 6.

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