Negotiations begin in earnest after ‘special votes’ tally sees National party lose two seats and Labour and the Greens each gain one

The final block of votes in the New Zealand election has been counted two weeks after election day, bolstering the opposition Labour party but leaving neither major party with enough votes to form government.

Counting of the 17% of ballots considered “special votes” showed that the incumbent National party has lost two seats while Labour and the Greens have each picked up an extra one.

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