Source: The Mercury, 16 October, 1996, p.15
Wellington NEW Zealand's coalition kingmaker, Winston Peters has given Nationals and Labour each "a 50-50 chance" of reaching a coalition agreement with his party. But he also said it was possible negotiations about who should form government could drag on until Christmas. Speaking yesterday after his party's first caucus, Peters, whose New Zealand First party holds the balance of power from Saturday's elections, said a coalition with either Labour or the Nationals was the preferred option for his party. But he also listed five other alternatives to form government, including various combinations of minority governments.
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