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People Are Celebrating After Jacinda Ardern Wins Second Term In Historic Landslide

"Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in at least 50 years"

Jacinda Ardern

People are celebrating Jacinda Ardern after her Labour Party won a landslide victory in New Zealand’s general election yesterday. 

New Zealanders went to the polls yesterday, and it turned into a very good day for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party. With almost 100% of votes counted, Labour had secured 49%, with the opposition party on 29%. It is the best result for the Labour Party in 50 years, and could see Labour become the first party in decades to govern alone, without having to necessarily form a coalition.

A record number of New Zealanders voted in the election, with almost 2 million heading to the polls, seemingly wanting to reward Ardern’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand. In her victory speech, Ardern spoke directly to those people who may be new supporters.

“To those who have not trusted Labour before, and the results tell me there may be a few of you, to you I say thank you. We will not take your support for granted and I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.”

Ardern also garnered praise for opening her victory speech with 30 seconds of fluent Māori.

While that is undoubtedly cool and rad, other people cautioned everyone to keep the administrations action and policies in mind, and holding them to account moving forward.

But for many people living through a very difficult year, who have watched election after election swing conservative, Ardern’s victory is one small bright spot.

Now the world’s eyes turn towards the next big election, with the U.S going to the polls in just a few weeks.