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John Key clinches second term deal

New Zealand prime minister John Key has secured the votes he needs to govern for a second term after announcing deals with two minor parties.

The deals became necessary after a general election on November 26 left Mr Key's governing National Party just short of an outright majority, with 60 of Parliament's 121 seats.

Mr Key announced deals with the Act and the United Future parties, each of which has a single representative in Parliament.

In exchange for support on key votes, each of the minor party politicians will get a ministerial role in Mr Key's new government.

The deals were anticipated because Mr Key had struck similar deals with the two parties before.

Mr Key, meanwhile, is continuing to negotiate a less binding agreement with the three Maori party politicians.

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