Kiwiland has sworn in a government
After a lot of negotiation, New Zealand has done it. The National Party, led by PM Christopher Luxon, has taken the reins, forming a coalition with the libertarian ACT New Zealand and the populist New Zealand First, ending a 6-year run with Labour in charge. The election was on 14 October, and the big sticking point in the negotiations was who would fill the role of deputy PM. In the end, the leaders of the minor parties will get half a term each… Luxon’s lot has some controversial policies on the cards, including lifting a ban on oil and gas exploration and rolling back the use of the Maori language. And the government’s ditching the country’s pioneering law to ban smoking, which has public health experts up in arms. “We’ve got the team, we’ve got the ideas, we’ve got a clear policy program for the next 3 years,” Luxon said yesterday.
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