Jacinda Ardern Set For Big Election Win as Voters Reward Covid Success
Added 10-15-20 11:04:02pm EST - “(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks set for a resounding election victory on Saturday as voters applaud her masterful handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Ardern's Labour Party had 46% support in the latest…” - Finance.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks set for a resounding election victory on Saturday as voters applaud her masterful handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ardern’s Labour Party had 46% support in the latest opinion poll while the main opposition National Party had 31%. With its ally the Green Party on 8%, Labour is on track for a comfortable majority in parliament.
New Zealand’s success in crushing community transmission of Covid-19 stands in stark contrast to countries like the U.K., U.S. and even neighboring Australia, where authorities are still battling to contain the virus. That hasn’t been lost on voters, who have mobbed Ardern on the campaign trail in a repeat of the “Jacinda-mania” that accompanied her rise to power three years ago.
“For so many voters it comes down to Ardern,” said Bryce Edwards, a political analyst at Victoria University in Wellington. “Her leadership during this crisis has led to what we’re seeing, which is a landslide for Labour.”
Polling stations in the nation of five million people close at 7 p.m. local time Saturday and a provisional result is due around midnight.
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