PM Modi congratulates New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern on re-election

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    PM Modi congratulates New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern on re-election

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern for winning the general elections by a landslide victory and securing a second term in office.


    PM Modi, Jacinda Ardern

    Updated: Oct 18, 2020, 02: 49 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern for winning the general elections by a landslide victory and securing a second term in office.

    PM Modi said he looks forward to working together for taking the bilateral relationship to a higher level.

    In his tweet, Modi said, “My heartiest congratulations to the PM of New Zealand @jacindaardern on her resounding victory. Recall our last meet a year ago and look forward to working together for taking India-NZ relationship to a higher level.”

    My heartiest congratulations to the PM of New Zealand @jacindaardern on her resounding victory.

    Recall our last meet a year ago and look forward to working together for taking India-NZ relationship to a higher level. pic.twitter.com/8C4OS1LVMQ

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 18, 2020

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party won a landslide victory in New Zealand’s general election on Saturday as voters rewarded her for a decisive response to COVID-19.

    According to the preliminary count results, the Labour Party won 49% of the votes, which transfers to 64 seats in the 120-member Parliament in a Mixed-Member Proportional voting system, with the opposition National Party lagging behind at 27% or 35 seats.

    Ardern came out of her home in Auckland, waved and hugged gathered supporters.

    Earlier, on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she expected to form a new government within the next two to three weeks before the official results of the general elections were declared.

    While addressing the media in Auckland on Sunday afternoon, Ardern said the work would begin and the Labour caucus will meet on Monday.

    “My expectation is that we will form a government within the next two to three weeks,” said Ardern.

    “We clearly have a mandate on behalf of New Zealand to crack on with government formation.”

    Besides the general election vote, New Zealanders also cast their ballots for two referendums on the end of life choice and legalisation of the recreational use of cannabis.

    Preliminary referendum results will be released on October 30, and the official results of the election and referendums will be released on November 6.

    (With agency inputs)

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