New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wins a second term
Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Her success in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in the country helped secure a major victory.
With 87% of the votes counted, the Ardern Center-Left Labor Party won 48.9% of the vote, meaning its party looks set to mark the highest score any party has achieved since the current system political was introduced in 1996.
"Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labor Party its greatest support in at least 50 years," Ardern said in a powerful speech about victory.
"And I can promise you: We will be the ruling party for every New Zealander," she added.
Coalitions are the norm in New Zealand, where no single party has ever won a majority of votes under the current system.
The results are still being counted. The final results will be published three weeks after the special votes are counted, including those cast by those living outside New Zealand.
Ardern’s potential choice grew out of her approach to treating the coronavirus which has helped New Zealand avoid the kind of devastating outbreaks seen elsewhere. The country was one of the first to close its borders, and Ardern announced a nationwide blockade on Mars when there were only 102 cases.
New Zealand has reported less than 2,000 total cases and 25 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.