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06 November 2020, 16:34

New Zealand's new cabinet officially sworn in

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (front L), and Grant Robertson (front R), deputy prime minister, finance minister and infrastructure minister, pose for a group photo with the new cabinet members ahead of the first cabinet meeting in Wellington
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (front L), and Grant Robertson (front R), deputy prime minister, finance minister and infrastructure minister, pose for a group photo with the new cabinet members ahead of the first cabinet meeting in Wellington

WELLINGTON, 6 November (BelTA - Xinhua) - New Zealand's new cabinet was officially sworn in on Friday, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressing economic recovery from "one of the most challenging times in history."

"Today I reminded cabinet that the honor of serving comes with enormous responsibility. We take nothing for granted in leading the team of 5 million over the next three years," Ardern said after the first meeting of the new cabinet.

The parliament will be opened on Nov. 25.

The final election results released by the Electoral Commission on Friday showed the Labor Party led by Ardern won 50 percent of the votes, which enabled the Labor to rule by itself. However, she has chosen to set up a coalition with the Green Party, giving the party two minister portfolios outside cabinet.

The Electoral Commission also released the official results of the end of life choice and cannabis legalization and control referendums.

New Zealanders have voted in support of the End of Life Choice Act, and against the Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill becoming law in the referendums on Oct. 17 along with the general election.

According to Friday's final result, about 65.1 percent of the electorate voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia, which were 1,893,290 votes, and 33.7 percent said no in the End of Life Choice referendum, or 979,079 votes.

In the cannabis question, 48.4 percent of the voters, or 1,406,973 votes, said yes, and 50.7 percent or 1,474,635 ballots chose "no," the result showed.

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