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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:23 AM

New Zealand's Ardern storms to re-election with 'be strong, be kind' mantra

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Source: Reuters

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Jacinda Ardern turned speaking from the heart and smiling through adversity into a winning formula for a blowout re-election as New Zealandís leader on Saturday.

Now Ardern, who made a name for herself by crushing COVID-19 in the country and healing the nation after a massacre of Muslims by a white supremacist, faces a challenge to show her leadership extends beyond crisis management and kindness.

Her Labour Party won a landslide victory in the general election, a resounding mandate that ushers in New Zealandís first purely left-leaning government in decades and may allow her to form a single-party government.

The win is also the reward for Ardernís leadership through a series of extraordinary events that shaped her first three-year term: the gunmanís massacre of 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques and the eruption of the White Island volcano, which killed 21.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-election-newsmaker/new-zealands-ardern-storms-to-re-election-with-be-strong-be-kind-mantra-idUSKBN2720HI



EDIT: updated with newer Reuters article

Original Reuters article:

Ardern wins landslide re-election in New Zealand vote

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardernís centre-left Labour Party won a landslide victory in New Zealandís general election on Saturday as voters rewarded her for a decisive response to COVID-19.

The mandate means Ardern, 40, could form the first single-party government in decades, and face the challenge of delivering on the progressive transformation she promised but failed to deliver in her first term, where Labour shared power with a nationalist party.

ďThis is a historic shift,Ē said political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington, describing the vote as one of the biggest swings in New Zealandís electoral history in 80 years.

Labour was on track to win 64 of the 120 seats in the countryís unicameral parliament, the highest by any party since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-election/ardern-wins-landslide-re-election-in-new-zealand-vote-idUSKBN2712ZE

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Eugene Oct 17 OP
Sherman A1 Oct 17 #1
Lonestarblue Oct 17 #2
OnDoutside Oct 17 #3
Aussie105 Oct 17 #4
paleotn Oct 17 #5
mysteryowl Oct 17 #6
ihas2stinkyfeet Oct 17 #7
Illumination Oct 17 #8
SunSeeker Oct 17 #9
Roisin Ni Fiachra Oct 17 #10
RobertDevereaux Oct 17 #11
ArizonaLib Oct 17 #14
IronLionZion Oct 17 #12
nwliberalkiwi Oct 17 #13
ArizonaLib Oct 17 #15
BlueWavePsych Oct 17 #16

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:31 AM

1. K&R!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 07:36 AM

2. This is what happens when you have an effective leader.

I hope voters here reward Trump for his completely incompetent performance with the pandemic by giving him the boot. I think we will.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 07:59 AM

3. It can't be understated the rareness of one party winning an overall majority

under Proportional Representation. It is a massive achievement by Ardern, and well deserved.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:03 AM

4. Apparently, in politics,

being a nice, sincere person who actually cares about people in the country they run and live in, is important?

Who would have thought?

But Jacinda Ardern is a shining jewel in a global sea of bland, older male faces when it comes to politics.

There is an important lesson in that for America, if only they could see that.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:11 AM

5. that's good news!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:02 AM

6. Yeah! She is fantastic! Thanks for posting!







CONGRATULATIONS JACINDA!!

CONGRATULATIONS NEW ZEALAND!!


FYI: if I remember right, the conservative party "King Maker" selected her for the top job last time.
They have a functioning society!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:16 AM

7. when women run, women win. then everyone wins.

 

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:17 AM

8. She's the best leader on earth! Why did America not get someone like her? Instead we got a

BIG FAT ZERO!...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:29 AM

9. Wow, people like competence and honesty. Who knew?

Apparently folks also like a leader who listens to scientists and takes public health seriously.

It's looking like it might be a trend...




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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:41 AM

10. Her judgment/leadership regarding Covid control was flawless.

The exact opposite of Trump's tragic, epic failure of leadership and judgment.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:07 AM

11. Now...

Now let us be sure to give Trump and every damned Republican on the ballot their reward of a swift retirement in disgrace for the 200,000 and rising unnecessary American deaths they have let happen from monstrous neglect and so much more.

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Response to RobertDevereaux (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:46 AM

14. Yes! it is possible!

These things are possible. Let's do it!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:28 AM

12. Can you imagine an American politician running on "Be Kind"?

Congrats Prime Minister.

I hope we can have a left leaning government win a landslide here in the US next month.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:38 AM

13. Great Nation

My wife and I having lived and worked in New Zealand are extremely pleased with the election that has just occurred in New Zealand. What a great nation. Now let's kick the crap out of the Republicans!!! We can make this a better nation!!!

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Response to nwliberalkiwi (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 10:50 AM

15. If this country ever needed anything, it is a similar election result

Kia ora!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 12:48 PM

16. Handling Covid19 crisis well resulted in LANDSLIDE victory!

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Hmmm. Take nothing for granted. GOTV

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