Landslide victory for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Aden's Labour Party securing a second term

Saturday, 17 October 2020 - 21:35

According to foreign reports, Prime Minister Jacinda Aden's Labour Party has won a landslide victory according to the preliminary results of today's New Zealand general election.

Jacinda Ardern won a second term as New Zealand's Prime Minister after her success at handling the country's coronavirus outbreak helped secure a landslide victory.

Since the introduction of New Zealand's proportional representation 24 years ago, no single party has won a majority in Parliament.

Ardern's Labour Party party looks likely to score the highest result that any party has achieved since the current political system was introduced in 1996.

Her party is projected to win 64 out of 120 parliamentary seats, making it the first party to be able to govern alone under the current system

Therefore, this time around, Prime Minister Jacinda Aiden is expected to be able to form a government without the support of a minority party.

Final results will be released in three weeks once special votes including those cast by New Zealanders living overseas are counted

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