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Talks begin for NZ coalition govt

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters began talks yesterday with the governing National Party and opposition Labour Party aimed at forming a coalition government after last month’s inconclusive election. Mr Peters, whose nationalist party holds the balance of power, has said no decision will be made until after a final vote count is released tomorrow. “It’s like being between the devil and the deep blue sea here,” Mr Peters said, according to the New Zealand Herald. Mr Peters held talks with Prime Minister Bill English and members of his centre-right National and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern. Mr English’s National Party won a 10-point lead over centre-left Labour in the election, but neither won enough seats to govern alone.

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