New Zealand parties hold talks to form government after final vote tally

New Zealand parties hold talks to form government after final vote tally

New Zealand parties hold talks to form government after final vote tally

New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters began talks on Thursday with the governing National Party and opposition Labour Party aimed at forming a coalition government after last month's inconclusive election.

The National party lost two seats to the Labour-Green bloc.

The deuce leaves the far-right New Zealand First Party the king maker in the competition, as the 72-year-old veteran politician Winston Peters with nine seats in the Parliament enjoyed the power to maneuver the whole game as of now.

However, a 56-54 result may have freed Peters from the risk of offending majority will of voters, making Labor Party's leader Jacinda Ardern's chance to organize the next government a possibility.

The results of the New Zealand election were finalised on Saturday however the outcome is still yet to be determined as popular Labour leader Jacinda Ardern falls short of majority.

'We will continue our negotiations in earnest with potential support parties beginning this weekend, ' Ardern told reporters in Auckland.

Prime Minister Bill English said voters had clearly favoured National over Labour and he looked forward to engaging with Peters so National could lead a strong and stable government.

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'The fundamentals haven't altered, and that is, National has significantly more seats than Labour, we're larger than a Labour-Greens combination.' he said.

Ghahraman, 8th on the Green Party list, has become the country's first refugee MP.

Shaw also said he was "thrilled" to welcome Ghahraman to parliament as a Greens MP, and said her experience in worldwide law and human rights would be invaluable to caucus and parliament.

"The Labour team will negotiate with the Greens and the Labour team will negotiate with New Zealand First".

"The results released today push us closer towards the change of government that so many New Zealanders want", he said.

The final results give National 44.4 percent the total party vote, down from 47 percent in 2014, while Labour has bounced from 25 percent three years to 36.9 per cent in the latest election. Parties receive seats in Parliament in proportion to their party vote share while seats are filled firstly by winning electorate candidates and secondly by candidates on the party's list.

English described Peters as a "maverick" but said his positions on certain issues were well known and could be reflected in a National-NZ First coalition government. He wants to drastically reduce immigration and stop foreigners from buying farms.

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