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Coalition talks over soon

Rnzi
Friday, October 13, 2017

WELLINGTON - It's crunch time for Winston Peters as he pushes into the final day of talks over forming a new government, and he says yesterday was to be the most substantive yet.

The New Zealand First leader has been in back-to-back meetings for four straight days now as both National and Labour try to win his party's support to form a government.

But today there is a real sense of urgency, with Mr Peters saying it would be the most substantive day yet.

"Well we're probably going to be more focused on the subjects that we're going to deal with than at any time before that, that's just the nature of this negotiation," he said.

At least another four meetings are planned. New Zealand First wants all discussions done by yesterday evening, but Mr Peters said that yesterday would be the last day of coalition talks, it was doubtful a decision would be made by the end of the day.

He said two options would be taken back to the board for a final call, but that might not be until Friday.

"You want a serious consensus. If you haven't got a serious consensus stay there until you get one, but who wants a 50-50 vote."

Mr Peters said he expected the agreement to be far more than 75 per cent.

Meanwhile, both National and the Labour-Green bloc were expected to get their respective offers signed off by their parties.

It was not clear when they would find out if their bid was successful.








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