New Zealand ruling party registers strong start as election counting begins

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party held a commanding lead in New Zealand’s trendy election on Saturday, very early tallies showed.

Labour had 50% of the votes, to 26% for the competition National Party led through conservative chief Judith Collins, with 1.5% of ballots tallied, in keeping with the Electoral Commission.

Of Labour’s modern-day coalition partners, the nationalist New Zealand First Party had 2.2% and the Green Party 8.8%.

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