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New Zealand PM to continue 2nd term by securing parliamentary majority

12-05-2011 11:25 BJT

WELLINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday secured the parliamentary majority he needs for a second term when his National Party formalized its coalition with the United Future party.

Key and United Future leader Peter Dunne, his party's sole member of parliament (MP), signed a confidence and supply agreement at Parliament.

Dunne, a member of the National-led coalition in the previous parliament, would retain his posts as Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health, Radio New Zealand reported.

As a minister outside the Cabinet, he would also take the new position of Associate Minister of Conservation in return for supporting National Party policies in the legislature.

In return, Dunne had won pledges to investigate free, annual health checks for people aged over 65 and commitments that there would be no sale of any part of the state-owned Kiwibank or Radio New Zealand, said the report.

National party won 60 of the 121 parliamentary seats in the Nov. 26 election and has since been in talks with its coalition partners from the last parliament: United Future, ACT and the Maori Party.

Talks are still ongoing with ACT, which also has just one MP, and the Maori Party, which has three.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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