New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory in the country’s general election.
With all votes tallied, Ms Ardern’s Labour Party won 49.1%, bringing a projected 64 seats and a rare outright parliamentary majority.
The opposition National Party won 26.8% in Saturday’s poll, about 35 seats in the 120-seat assembly.
The poll was originally to be held in September but was postponed by a month after a renewed Covid-19 outbreak.
Ahead of Saturday’s vote, more than a million people cast ballots in early polling, which opened on 3 October.
New Zealanders were also asked to vote in two referendums alongside the general election. One for end of life choice on euthanasia and the other on cannabis legalisation.
“New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in almost 50 years. We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander,” Ms Ardern, 40, told her supporters after the victory.
National Party leader Judith Collins congratulated Ms Ardern and promised her party would be a “robust opposition”.
“Three years will be gone in the blink of an eye,” she said, referring to the next scheduled election. “We will be back.”