Jacinda Ardern Elected New Zealand’s Prime Minister For Second Term For Combating COVID-19
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern registered the century’s biggest election win while contesting for the centre-left Labour Party on Saturday. The clear majority shows that she has been rewarded for making the right decisions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
The 40-year-old leader is set to form the single-party government for the first time in decades. The biggest challenge for Ardern is to lead the progressive transformation, which she had promised in the first term but failed to deliver. The Labour Party had shared power with a nationalist party in Ardern’s first term as the New Zealand PM.
“Over the next three years there is much work to do. We will build back better from the Covid crisis. We have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery,” Ardern was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
In the second term, Ardern has promised the supporters that she would try to create an economy that benefits everyone. She said the government will aim to create more jobs, provide training to people and protect the environment by addressing the problems like climate change.
“We are living in an increasingly polarised world. A place where more and more have lost the ability to see one another’s point of view. I hope that with this election, New Zealand has shown that this is not who we are,” she said as quoted by Reuters.
Political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington called the election result a “historic shift”, further adding that the vote margin is one of the biggest swings in 80 years of the country’s electoral history.
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