Labour Landslide Win in New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party in New Zealand has claimed a landslide victory over the weekend delivering one of the best wins for the party. Prime Minister Ardern said, at a press conference on Sunday, she expected to form a government within the next two to three weeks before the release of official election results.
New Zealand’s Electoral Commission has released information that shows New Zealand Labour Party won 49% of the vote, which is 64 seats in the 120 seat parliament with the opposition National Party falling way behind at 27%, or 35 seats. The Electoral Commission has stated the official count will not be completed and published until 6 November 2020.
“My expectation is that we will form government within the next two to three weeks, We clearly have a mandate on behalf of New Zealand to crack on with government formation”.
– Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Ardern did not rule out forming a coalition government with the New Zealand Green Party. They won 7.6% of the vote (10 seats) in the parliament.
“Three years will be gone in the blink of an eye. I say to everybody, we will be back.
Tonight is the start of the next campaign. Bring on 2023.”
– Judith Collins, New Zealand National Party Leader
Previously in 2017, New Zealand Labour Party won 46 seats in the parliament and formed a coalition government with New Zealand First Party and the Green party. New Zealand First lost all of their seats in the 2020 election.