New Zealand’s PM wins election in a landslide

New Zealand’s PM wins election in a landslide after the country halts spread of Covid.

Jacinda Ardern won Saturday’s general election, and as polls closed and 70 per cent of votes counted, her centre-left Labour Party has won 49 per cent of votes.

This is sufficient to secure its first majority of seats in parliament since 1996.

The centre-right National Party has only a quarter of the vote, the main opposition party’s second-worst tally in its 84-year history.

Leader Judith Collins said although it hads been a disastrous night “three years will be gone in the blink of the eye. I say to everybody, we will be back”.

It would appear voters have rewarded Ardern, 40, for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic after the country halted the spread of the killer virus with a short, strict lockdown and border closures.

The country has recorded just 1,883 cases and 25 deaths.

It’s not clear whether Arden’s Labour Party will govern alone or will form an agreement with the Green Party – which is set to win around eight per cent of the vote and gain seats.

This would secure a left-wing ‘super-majority’.

New Zealand is currently at the lowest level of restrictions with no limits on gatherings and social distancing merely recommended.

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