New Zealand Prime Minister Casts Vote in National Elections

New Zealand Prime Minister Casts Vote in National Elections

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has voted in the nation’s general election, a week before polls officially close.

Ardern cast her vote in her Auckland district Saturday after visiting a market in the heavily Polynesian south Auckland suburb of Otara, where she was thronged by supporters.

Ardern’s Labour Party has governed since the 2017 general election, when it was able to forge a narrow majority in New Zealand´’ 120-seat Parliament in a coalition with the left-wing Greens and right-wing New Zealand First parties.

Recent polls show a more comfortable result this year, with the Labour Party leading the National Party, led by 61-year-old conservative Judith Collins, by as many as 13 points.

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More than 700,000 people had voted by Saturday, a week

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