PM Modi congratulates New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern for winning elections

Oct 18 2020 03:25 PM
PM Modi congratulates New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern for winning elections

As NZ PM Jacinda won the elections, leaders from all over the country are wishing her. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern for securing a second term in office. PM Modi stated that he looked forward to working together for taking the bilateral relationship to a higher level. “My heartiest congratulations to the PM of New Zealand @jacindaardern on her resounding victory. Recall our last meet a year ago and look forward to working together for taking India-NZ relationship to a higher level,” PM Modi said on Twitter.

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Ardern won a second term in office on Saturday in an election slip of historic proportions. Ardern’s liberal Labour Party got 49 per cent of the vote, defeating the conservative National Party, which got 27 per cent. Ardern stated that the margin of the victory exceeded their expectations. The Labour Party will now get an outright majority in Parliament, the first time any party has achieved that since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago. Typically parties have formed alliances to govern but this time Labour can go it alone.

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A day after winning the second term, Ardern said on Sunday that she sees the election result as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus and reboot the economy. Ardern’s popularity soared earlier this year after she led a successful effort to halt the spread of the virus by implementing a strict lockdown in late March. New Zealand has had fewer than 2,000 cases of the virus including 25 deaths.

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