Source: The Mercury, 16 October, 1996, p.15


Peters could play Santa Claus

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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