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Meanwhile, in New Zealand - BostonCard - 10-17-2020

Jacinda Ardern's party was re-elected with the first outright majority in nearly thirty years.

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/17/924934728/new-zealand-pm-ardern-wins-re-election-in-best-showing-for-labour-party-in-decad

One may criticize New Zealand's policy for overdoing it and imposing an overly onerous lockdown in an attempt to stamp out community transmission entirely, and the New Zealand economy has suffered, with GDP declining 13.6% in the first half of the year (though, as a country that gets a $40 billion in revenue from tourism, out of an economy of $200 billion, there was no way the country was going to make it through unscathed).  But, New Zealanders seem to have approved of the policy, and are returning the government to power with an absolute majority.

We will, of course, get to see how voters react to other countries in due time: At least in Democracies, the people will be able to hold their leaders to account for their COVID-19 performance (and its aftermath).

BC


RE: Meanwhile, in New Zealand - chrisk - 10-18-2020

Taiwan’s next election will be held in January 2024. Taiwan has a limit of 2 consecutive terms so Tsai Ing-wen will not be able to run again. The DPP Green Party lost to the KMT in 2008 after their first 8 years in power, before regaining power in 2016.

They have done a good job of keeping COVID off the island, but they cannot insulate themselves from the economic struggles of the West. Ironically, that makes its relationship with its political adversary China, which has also been successful vs COVID but on a much larger scale, even more important.