Incumbent PM Jacinda Ardern

After a landslide victory in the general elections on Saturday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is likely to form the new government in 3 weeks.

The 40-year-old permier has promised to rebuild the economy, which has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and promises to social inequality.

She said, “We will build back better from the Covid crisis. After this result we have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery and tomorrow we start.”

Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party won 64 of the 120 seats. Of the 80% votes counted, Ardern’s party got 49% of the votes, against he opposition National Party slumped, which garnered only 27% support, its worst showing since 2002.

The incumbent Prime Minister, could form the first single-party government in decades, after New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996.

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