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New Zealand's ruling party ahead in election, set for coalition talks

New Zealand's ruling party ahead in election, set for coalition talks

"As we go into negotiations with the intention of forming a stable government that enables this country to deliver for New Zealanders", he said.

Labour's Greg O'Connor has won the electorate of Ohariu, the seat previously held by United Future's Peter Dunne for 33 years.

In her speech Ardern thanked her supporters for the honour of being appointed leader.

"We've run such an extraordinary campaign and we've had such support, it would be very hard for me to be depressed", he said.

Greens leader James Shaw offered an olive branch to Peters.

Votes cast for New Zealand's ruling National Party reached 46.3 percent with 31.4 percent of results counted in the country's general election on Saturday, while support for the opposition Labour Party was 36 percent, according to the Electoral Commission. It could only count on the one seat brought to the table by ACT, which has retained Epsom, and would need another partner to govern.

There remained a remote chance that English's main challenger, Jacinda Ardern, could take the role.

But in reality that's extremely unlikely. Why? Because an alliance with Labour would necessarily involve the Greens, of whom he's not overly fond.

English said, "We gave it everything, and we got better and better". "As Labour leader I will take responsibility for that".

"I simply can not predict at this point what decisions other leaders will make", she said.

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A record 1.2 million votes were cast in advance, but neither major party was expected to win an outright majority.

He came out fighting and with a message to Winston Peters.

Five months ago, when his party looked like sleepwalking to victory, English described National's mood as "confident but paranoid".

"There's still a lot in play at the moment", she said.

He pointed out that National outpolled Labour and the Greens combined, saying voters had shown a clear preference for the centre-right party.

The 37-year-old galvanized support for the ailing centre-left party, giving it a 20-point popularity boost to bring it level with National.

Jacinda Ardern should have been happier than she sounded. Ardern will already be thinking about the 2020 election, by which time she'll be just 40.

If Labour was looking on the bright side, it's main ally had less to celebrate.

These accounted for around 12 percent of the vote in the 2014 election and could have a considerable impact. "Obviously we hoped for better", she said. We are still standing.

He omitted to mention the fact that five of his parliamentary colleagues had lost their seats in Parliament (Mahesh Bindra, Pita Paraone, Ria Bond, Denis O'Rourke and Richard Prosser) although he did implore them to keep their lips closed in the coming days and not to embarrass the party in the coming days. After spending around $3m promoting a party of great ideas, the party of rich-lister Gareth Morgan landed around 50,000 votes, or 2.2 per cent of the party vote.

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