Jacinda Ardern eases into second term amid relief in New Zealand at election landslide

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Prime minister says she will be ready to form a government in two to three weeks as New Zealanders enjoy return to normal life

Jacinda Ardern has held out the possibility of forming a coalition government despite securing a historic election victory that will enable her Labour party to govern alone.

New Zealanders expressed relief on Sunday at her re-election, after a campaign that felt long and wearying for many. Ardern’s party won the highest percentage of the vote in more than five decades, claiming 64 seats in parliament, with her handling of the Covid-19 crisis regarded as decisive in her win.

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