New Zealand Flag Referendum: Kiwis Reject New Design, Vote For Status Quo

March 24, 2016 9:45 AM

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New Zealand Flag Referendum: Kiwis Reject New Design, Vote For Status Quo

New Zealand, it turns out, is not changing its flag after all. On Thursday, preliminary results of a referendum that pitted the century-old incumbent against the black, white and blue “Silver Fern” showed that more than half of the over 2 million voters in the island nation voted for status quo.

Nearly 57 percent of the voters cast their ballots in favor of keeping the current flag, and only 43.2 percent voted for the new design. The voting on the referendum ended Thursday and the final results will be announced on March 30.

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