Na­tional Party leads in NZ elec­tions

Sunday Tribune - - WORLD -

WELLING­TON: New Zealand’s rul­ing Na­tional Party won the largest num­ber of votes in the gen­eral elec­tion yes­ter­day, se­cur­ing a com­fort­able mar­gin over the Labour Party af­ter what had promised to be the most hotly con­tested race in re­cent his­tory.

Na­tional and Labour had been al­most neck and neck in opinion polls, with charis­matic 37-year old Jacinda Ardern al­most sin­gle-hand­edly drag­ging Labour back into the race af­ter tak­ing over the party’s lead­er­ship last month.

The fi­nal tally is only due on Oc­to­ber 7 .

Mean­while, a dam­aged pipe­line that caused a fuel short­age across New Zealand and grounded hun­dreds of flights will be restarted today af­ter re­pairs were com­pleted, of­fi­cials said.

More than 100 flights were can­celled over the past three days and many more de­layed.

The govern­ment called in the mil­i­tary to help truck in sup­plies of fuel.

Dam­age to the 170km fuel line was be­lieved to have been caused by a dig­ger. – Reuters

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