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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:25 PM

NZ: Progressive Champion Jacinda Ardern Wins Historic Landslide Reelection, Drubbing of Rt Wing

With 'Absolute Drubbing' of Right-Wing, Progressive Champion Jacinda Ardern Wins Historic Landslide Reelection in New Zealand. The incumbent prime minister's Labour Party received a higher share of the vote than at any time in more than half a century. Common Dreams, Oct. 17, 2020.

- Labour Party leader and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claims victory during the Labor Party Election Night Function at Auckland Town Hall on Oct. 17, 2020, Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern—hailed by progressives around the world for her government's response to the Covid-19, gun violence, and climate crises—has won a landslide re-election victory as vote counting in the country's general election came to a close on Saturday.

The New Zealand Herald reports Ardern's center-left Labour Party surged to certain victory, winning 49.1% of the vote and crushing the center-right National Party in an "abolute drubbing." The Nats received just 26.8% of votes cast, which means Labour will enjoy a 64 to 35 seat advantage in the 120-seat parliament.

New Zealand Herald: The Labour Party, under Jacinda Ardern's leadership, has surged to victory, smashing records and sealing a historic victory.

Ardern arrived at Auckland Town Hall on Friday night to a jubilant reception as she took the stage with Labour MPs and her partner, radio and television presenter Clarke Gayford. "Tonight New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in at least 50 years," Ardern declared to raucous cheers. Ardern said Labour was committed to building critical infrastructure, transitioning to 100% renewal electricity, the environment, and supporting the nation's most vulnerable people...


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