New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Wins Landslide Re-Election

Jacinda Arden has recorded a landslide victory, as expected, riding high on the country's success in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Ola Olaoluwa
Ola Olaoluwa

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won re-election in a landslide.

With most of the votes counted, Ardern's liberal Labour Party has won 49%. It's the best showing for the Labour party in at least 50 years. It's also the highest result for any party since the country switched to a proportional representation system in 1996.

Jacinda Arden

The Labour Party was projected to win 64 seats of the 120-member Parliament, giving it the ability to govern without the coalition building that typically characterizes proportional representation. With 27 percent of the vote, the National Party took 35 seats; the libertarian ACT New Zealand and the left-wing Green Party each took 10 seats; and the Maori Party — a center-left party focused on indigenous rights — secured one seat.

New Zealand In Focus:

Population: 4.9 million (Compared to South Africa's 59.6 million)

GDP: $202.92 billion (Compared to South Africa's $369.85 billion)

GDP Per Capita: $42,670 (Compared to South Africa's $6,193)

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Ola Olaoluwa

Writer | Economist