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New Zealand's prime minister re-elected in landslide
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2020-10-21 13:55
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was re-elected in a historic landslide on October 17, winning her second term in office.

Ardern's Labour Party garnered 49.1% of the vote, representing more than a 20% margin over the conservative National Party, which took 26.8% of the vote.

The Labour Party earned the highest result since New Zealand's current mixed-member proportional system was adopted 24 years ago. Typically, parties must form alliances to govern.

Ardern’s popularity shot up earlier this year after leading a successful effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 by implementing a strict lockdown in late March. New Zealand has registered fewer than 2,000 cases of the virus, including 25 deaths.

Ardern, 40, became prime minister in the 2017 election. The next year she became only the second world leader to give birth while in office. In 2019, she was lauded for her empathetic response to a massacre at two Christchurch mosques in which a gunman killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Ardern's government has also passed landmark climate legislation that commits the nation to reducing its carbon emissions to zero over the next 30 years, and it drew widespread international praise when it responded to the March 15, 2019, Christchurch mosque massacre by banning assault weapons just six days later.

Sources: Associated Press, Common Dreams NewsCenter, NBC News


Update: 2020-04-23
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