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New Zealand’s Ardern kicks off poll campaign with job promise

Sydney, Australia, July 5 (efe-epa).- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday launched her electoral campaign for Sep.19 elections, promising to pump more money into small businesses and generate jobs as the country faces a severe economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Ardern, who received international praises for her management of the Covid-19 crisis, urged her Labour Party leaders during her speech in Wellington to “keep moving” toward the benefit of the Oceanic country

Seen as the favorite to win her second-term in government, some of the surveys have predicted that the Labour Party could win another majority in the parliament.

However, Ardern has indicated the possibility of forming a coalition with New Zealand First and the Green Party of Aotearoa.

The 39-year-old, during her first-term, emerged stronger after several crises, including the Christchurch attack, White Island volcano eruption, and the Covid-19 outbreak.

Her government has also received criticism for not being able to address the problems like rising housing prices.

Ardern kicked off the campaign with promises of funding small and medium enterprises, which generate around a third of the country’s GDP, to ease the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the economy.

“There wasn’t a playbook for covid, there wasn’t a playbook for the recovery,” Ardern said in her speech, broadcast on social media.

Ardern also pledged to create jobs, build infrastructure, and promote sustainable environmental policy. EFE-EPA

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