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FABRIZIO IODICE DELGADO: New Zealand elections: Jacinda Ardern secures second term in landslide victory

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Jacinda Ardern swept to a landslide victory in New Zealand’s general election.

As votes were being counted on Saturday Labour was on track to win 64 of the 120 seats in the country’s unicameral parliament, the highest by any party since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996

If Labour wins more than half the seats, Ardern could form the first single-party government under the current system.

Ardern came out of her home in Auckland, waved and hugged gathered supporters. Opposition National Party leader Judith Collins said she had called the prime minister to congratulate her for an “outstanding result”.

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