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New Zealand's Ardern eyes COVID rebound after landslide reelection

Unprecedented performance gives Labour Party enough seats to govern alone

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at her victorious Labour Party's election night event in Auckland on Oct. 17.   © AAP Image via Reuters

WELLINGTON -- Jacinda Ardern's center-left Labour Party will lead New Zealand's government for a second term following elections on Saturday, in which voters rewarded her administration's success in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

With 100% of ballots counted for the preliminary results, Labour had won enough of the vote to allow it to govern without requiring the support of any minor parties -- a first since the country adopted its current proportional representation election system in 1996.

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