New Zealand: Conservative government loses election to Labour-Green coalition

From The Guardian: In New Zealand the conservative National Party has lost power following their general election, to a coalition led by the New Zealand Labour Party and backed by the Greens.

New Zealand Labour has pledged to wipe out child poverty, make university free, decriminalise abortion, and make all rivers swimmable within ten years.

The new Labour Prime Minister, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern, experienced huge support from young voters and women, and was credited with breathing life back into the New Zealand political scene. Her personal popularity and the huge crowds she drew around the country was dubbed “Jacindamania”.

Ardern said: “This is an exciting day. We aspire to be a government for all New Zealanders and one that will seize the opportunity to build a fairer, better New Zealand.

“We will work hard to ensure New Zealand is once again a world leader, a country we can all be proud of. We said we could do this, we will do this.”

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