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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appears headed for big election win and 2nd term in early vote counting

level 1It’s highly unusual for MMP as a system to deliver a majority for one party. If anything as a system it’s geared to prevent precisely that outcome. Clearly this has been a referendum of sorts on how how Ardern has handled the pandemic. Her style of leadership has a clear mandate for the next…

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It’s highly unusual for MMP as a system to deliver a majority for one party. If anything as a system it’s geared to prevent precisely that outcome. Clearly this has been a referendum of sorts on how how Ardern has handled the pandemic. Her style of leadership has a clear mandate for the next parliament.

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I’d say without question she’s the most popular world leader on earth right now, and rightly so. So refreshing to have a PM that clearly looks/acts/thinks like a normal citizen and governs reflectively.

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Jacinda is a fantastic crisis leader. She will now need to handle the housing crisis in New Zealand. A crisis that won’t be made any easier by the lack of economic opportunity in a Covid world.

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Not only on how she handle the pandemic, but also

  • major terrorist attack

  • deadly volcanic eruptions

While becoming a new mum, holding a baby at major world conference at the same time.

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Clearly this has been a referendum of sorts on how how Ardern has handled the pandemic.

Has to be, yeah. If you’re happy with how Labour handled Covid, you wouldn’t want to rock the boat and change governments and risk a worse management.

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Im going to go out on a limb here and say that Labour NZ is probably the most popular party right now in any country with a proportional electoral system in the world.

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Thank you New Zealand for making the right decision. Go Jacinda!

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Australia is always one party in power. Rare to have a minority government here. Either labor or liberal/nationals.

While technically the liberal/nationals are two parties they’re in a permanent coalition so act pretty much like one party, just with urban and rural wings. They win or lose together. They’d never break and create a coalition without the other. Then the other side is just a single Labor party.

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More than just the pandemic, shes overseen the gun law changes and buyback as well as handled one of their worst terrorist attacks with considerable nous.

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And unfortunately lots of Kiwis are voting based on that alone and not her party’s policies. Not debating her leadership at all, she’s done great obviously but I know a lot of Kiwis who are not looking any further thant that and it’s really disappointing.

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She’s led her beautiful country through a huge massacre and a pandemic with fearless compassion and clear-eyed empathy. She’s a model for future progressive global leadership, and I am so glad she’s around as a counterpoint to psychopaths like Putin and Duterte and Xi and Trump.

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Definitely her handling of the pandemic was very strong. It probably saved her the election because before COVID she was polling wuite poorly compared ti National as she didnt complete many of her promises.

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As a New Zealander I’d say it’s mostly because our populace is quite centrist and the labor party has traditionally appealed to a very wide range of beliefs for a center right party. Basically anyone who is right of the Green Party but left of our Conservative party votes for them

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We don’t understand mmp and it’s always been labour or national, no one really picks the others. Our democracy is pretty rubbish and nowhere near as vibrant as it should be.

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It’s really not that uncommon in the likes of NZ where it appears we are heading more and more towards the reality of a 2 party system under the guise of an MMP. Not enough of our citizens investigate other voting options.

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The article doesn’t seem to indicate whether she got a majority or plurality, do you know if it’s likely to be a majority?

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