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Key to Boost N.Z. Free-Market Drive After Winning New Term

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s re-election with his party’s biggest mandate in 60 years will strengthen a government push for free-market policies as he pursues welfare cuts and asset sales to balance the budget.

Key’s National Party won 48 percent of the vote on Nov. 26, up from 45 percent three years ago, allowing him to form the next government with support from political allies in parliament. Electricity companies Mighty River Power Ltd. and Genesis Power Ltd. may be among the first considered for share sales, the prime minister signaled today, as his administration focuses on divesting some state assets.