Labour Party leader and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claims victory during the Labor Party Election Night Function at Auckland Town Hall on October 17, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Jacinda Arden won New Zealand’s election for the second time assuming office from October 2017.

She won 49% of votes according to preliminary results, her party has scored the highest percentage of votes since the current political system was introduced in 1996.

In a speech on Saturday night, Arden said, “Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in at least 50 years, and I can promise you: we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.”

Her center-left Labour Party returns to power with a landslide 64 of the 120 seats in the parliament.  

The big win is mostly connected with her enthusiastic approach to different natural disasters and incidents that occurred in the country.

New Zealand reported 2000 Coronavirus cases since the pandemic and 25 deaths, the virus is much kept at the bay and out of the country.

Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate change to New Zealand’s gun laws, including the banning of assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics, following the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 which left 51 people dead.

Last December an active volcanic eruption occurred in White island, killing 21 people, she was again first on the ground hugging and encouraging the first responders.

Critics reportedly indicate, she hasn’t done enough to address inequality, child poverty, climate change, and the housing market.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.