Both National and Labour need New Zealand First’s nine seats to form government, in negotiations expected to take weeks

New Zealand’s major political parties are scrambling to woo the support of the smaller New Zealand First party to form a government after Saturday’s stalemate election.

Neither the incumbent National party, led by a revitalised Bill English, nor the opposition Labour party, led by Jacinda Ardern, are in a position to take office, with 15% of the vote still to be counted.

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