September 17, 2005


NZ Labour heading for likely third term (Sydney Morning Herald, September 17, 2005)

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will almost certainly be able to form a third term government after the general election gave her Labour Party one more seat than National.

Labour has 50 seats and National 49 in the 122-member Parliament, which has increased by two because the Maori Party won four electorate seats, more than its proportion of the party vote entitled it to.

Miss Clark still has to crunch the numbers and come up with a majority, but New Zealand First with seven seats is committed to first negotiating with the party that has the most seats.

So is United Future, which ended up with three seats.

The Greens, with six seats, are a committed Labour ally.

She also has Jim Anderton, leader of the Progressive Party and its only MP in the next Parliament.

National has only one potential partner, the ACT Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2005 9:07 AM
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