Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand is celebrating a landmark election victory, winning her second term in office after having scored the Labour Party ‘s greatest result in 50 years.
In 24 years, Labour is on track to build the first majority government, with Ms Ardern claiming victory after the voting count suggested that the incumbent leader was heading for a landslide win and defeat was conceded by National Party leader Judith Collins.
“Our plan is already in action and already working, but after this result we have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery, and tomorrow we start,” Ms Ardern said in her victory speech at Auckland Town Hall.
“Now more than ever is the time to keep going, to keep working, to grab hold of the opportunities that lay in front of us.”
She recognised that it would not be easy for the nation for the next few years, but that they would get through it.
“That light has always been more powerful than the most overwhelming darkness,” she said.
Although it remains to be seen if Ms. Ardern has the support to lead as a single-party government, preliminary results show that 49% of the vote has been won by the center-left Labour Party, indicating that her party is expected to score the highest result that any party has achieved since the 1996 launch of the new political structure.