WELLINGTON: Jacinda Ardern has been elected as New Zealand’s Prime Minister for the second term.
With more than 83.7% of the votes counted, Ardern’s Labour Party has won 49% of the votes, according to the Electoral Commission.
Thank you to all of our incredible supporters who gave us their votes. We couldn’t have done it without you. Now, let’s keep moving ⏩ pic.twitter.com/2hXTSsaKYe— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) October 17, 2020
The general election in New Zealand was originally due to be held in September but was postponed after a second coronavirus outbreak.
40-year-old Ardern has captured the hallowed center ground in New Zealand politics with a blend of empathetic leadership and skilled crisis management that has also won her fame abroad.
Ardern’s successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated those strengths, drowning out criticism that she hasn’t delivered on some key promises during her first term in office.