Jacinda Ardern’s coalition partner will take top roles in return for NZ First party support to take Labour into government

New Zealand’s kingmaker Winston Peters has been rewarded for taking the Labour party into government by being named deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister.

Last week Peters, whose New Zealand First party won nine seats in September’s general election, said he would form a coalition government with Labour, after weeks of negotiations that saw incumbent Bill English’s National party, which has the largest number of MPs, leave empty-handed.

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