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Jacinda Ardern to name Cabinet on Monday

Published: Sat 31 Oct 2020 05:17 PM
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that the new Cabinet will be named on Monday and sworn in on Friday.
The first Cabinet meeting will be on Friday afternoon, she said.
The results from the General election earlier this month have given the Labour Party the numbers to govern alone. With 64 seats, Labour will be the first party able to govern alone since MMP was introduced in 1996.
Ardern made the announcement this afternoon as she revealed the Green Party had still been offered two ministerial positions outside Cabinet.
Ardern said there was a reference in the agreement around the Labour government's intention to work with political parties from across parliament on issues affecting our democracy.
"That will not be specific solely to the Labour Party and the Greens, we intend to work with opposition parties on that area also. Specifically that is likely to include the Electoral Commission's 2012 recommended changes to MMP, changes to electoral finance law, and the length of the parliamentary term.
"These are issues that came up in the lead-up to and during the election, and I intended to follow through on that.
"I believe the current parliament is uniquely positioned to address these long-term issues and find consensus on them, and judging from recent public comment there appears to be an appetite across parliament to take action on at least some of these issues."
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