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US News New Zealand: triumphantly re-elected, Ms. Ardern pledges to implement reforms

12:05  18 october  2020
12:05  18 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Ms . Ardern maximized New Zealand 's inherent advantages in a pandemic of remote island geography and low population by closing borders and imposing one of the world's strictest lockdowns that kept people at home and closed most business for about six weeks starting late in March.

Ms Ardern 's re - election was far from assured before the pandemic, amid criticism that her government has failed to transform the country despite an ambitious Ms Ardern pledged to increase taxes for top earners, while Ms Collins promised short-term tax cuts, but they have otherwise shown few major

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged Sunday, the day after her resounding victory in the elections, to make the reforms that a series of crises prevented her from carrying out during his first term.

Mrs Ardern's Labor Party won 49.1 votes on Saturday, which will allow her to have an absolute majority in Parliament and to govern without a coalition.

After being criticized for not having kept her promises during her first term, particularly in terms of environmental and social protection, Ms. Ardern said she was now in a position to carry out reforms.

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Electoral reform in New Zealand has, in recent years, become a political issue as major changes have been made to both parliamentary and local government electoral systems. National elections in New Zealand were first held in 1853 using a simple version of the first-past-the-post (FPP)

Ms Ardern has led New Zealand through a terrorist attack, a natural disaster and a global pandemic - and has done so focusing on kindness and compassion. But things are going to be different during the second term. New Zealand is in recession for the first time in 11 years and Labour has been criticised

The charismatic Prime Minister claimed that her resounding victory, the most important for the Labor Party since 1946, meant that more voters supported her party and her reform agenda.

"I think they approve of the work we have done and the plan we have to move forward, and there are some areas where we want to move forward," said Ms Ardern.

The 40-year-old, who became a symbol of center-left progressivism after her election in 2017, acknowledged that the need to appease the small parties in her coalition had "slowed down" her reform policy during her first term.

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During this, the Labor leader also had to deal with the worst terrorist attack perpetrated in the archipelago , a deadly volcanic eruption, the most severe recession in over 30 years, and of course, the historic challenge of the pandemic.

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Leader says she will resign if not re - elected but polls show Labour 15 points ahead. Collins accused Ardern ’s government of repeatedly breaking promises to voters, including pledges to reduce Ardern said whether or not she stayed in politics after the election, she wanted to reform politics to stop the

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On Saturday evening, during the speech given at the end of her victory, she expressed her will to tackle issues such as climate change, poverty and inequality.

Her main opponent, National Party leader Judith Collins, admitted that voters had given Ms. Ardern carte blanche to implement these changes.

For Ms Collins, whose party won 26.8 votes, it also means the Prime Minister can no longer claim that her political failures are due to members of her coalition.

"The government has the mandate to implement all of its commitments, so they can no longer blame someone for not having done so," Collins told reporters.

The election campaign focused on the government's success in tackling the pandemic, with Ms Ardern dubbing the poll the "Covid elections".

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