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New Zealand's Ardern says will form government in 2-3 weeks

18 Oct 2020 / 10:08 H.

    WELLINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that she would form a government within two to three weeks but did not comment on a possible coalition deal with the Green Party.

    Ardern, who was handed a resounding victory in a general election on Saturday, said she had informed the country's governor general, Dame Patsy Reddy, that her party had the ability to form the next government.

    Ardern also said there was no need to bring in any new COVID-19 restrictions after one new case of community transmission was reported in the country.

    (Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by William Mallard)

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