New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party appears to have won a landslide election, leading the National Party by a 49% to 27% margin. The result would mean that Labour can form a government by itself, as they will have won a majority of the seats in the New Zealand Parliament. This would be the first time that’s happened since the country switched to proportional voting in 1996.
In short, it’s a resounding vote of confidence in the 40-year-old Ardern, who became prime minister in 2017 in a coalition government with two other parties. What is it about Ardern that New Zealand’s voters connected with?(more…)