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N.Z.’s Key Gets Support From Maori Party as Accord Reached

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Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand’s Maori party gave re-elected Prime Minister John Key its general support for his National party-led government while saying it would back legislation on a case-by-case basis.

The agreement will help “ensure a strong, stable” government led by the National party over the next three years, Key said in an e-mailed statement today.

The National party secured a 47 percent share of the public vote after a final election count yesterday that gave it 59 seats in the next parliament. Key reached agreements with the single-seat parties ACT and United Future last week to ensure he has control of the 121-seat parliament.

Those two allies have said they will back Key’s policies on asset sales and welfare reform and will vote in favor of the budget. The Maori party, which holds three seats in parliament, has opposed the asset-sales plan.

“On everything else besides confidence and supply, the Maori Party will decide support or not on a case-by-case basis,” Key said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Soraya Permatasari in Melbourne at soraya@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jim McDonald at jmcdonald8@bloomberg.net

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