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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern wins second term in landslide election victory

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 11: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a Labour Party Election rally at the Michael Fowler Centre on October 11, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. The 2020 New Zealand General Election was originally due to be held on Saturday 19 September but was delayed due to the re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community. (Photo by Lynn Grieveson - Newsroom/Newsroom via Getty Images)

Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as New Zealand's Prime Minister after her success at handling the country's coronavirus outbreak helped secure a landslide victory.

(CNN)Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as New Zealand's Prime Minister after her success at handling the country's coronavirus outbreak helped secure a landslide victory.

With 77% of the votes counted, Ardern's center-left Labour Party has won 49% of the vote, meaning her party looks likely to score the highest result that any party has achieved since the current political system was introduced in 1996.

National leader Judith Collins said she called Ardern to concede defeat and congratulate Ardern on an "outstanding result" for the Labour Party.

Labour's other current coalition partner New Zealand First looks unlikely to have secured enough votes to make it back into parliament, while the right-wing ACT party is currently on 8%, up on last election's 0. 5%.

Support for Ardern soared, even as New Zealand posted its largest quarterly economic decline on record and a second outbreak in the country's largest city, Auckland, prompted the PM to delay the election by a month.

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