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Deputy Prime Minister Role in NZ Coalition Talks Raises Questions

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The ongoing coalition negotiations in New Zealand, involving National, ACT, and New Zealand First, are now focusing on ministerial allocations. While

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The ongoing coalition negotiations in New Zealand, involving National, ACT, and New Zealand First, are now focusing on ministerial allocations. While National Party leader Christopher Luxon downplays the significance of the deputy prime minister role, discussions hint at the possibility of multiple deputy prime ministers. However, legal experts like Otago University’s Professor Andrew Geddis raise concerns about potential confusion in determining the second-most senior member of the government in unexpected situations. The roles of ACT leader David Seymour and NZ First leader Winston Peters are being considered, with the idea of sharing the role and the associated responsibilities. Luxon emphasizes the ceremonial nature of the position, but its legal implications and the potential for conflicts remain key considerations in the ongoing talks.

The coalition talks are reaching a critical phase, and decisions regarding ministerial allocations, deputy prime minister roles, and coalition dynamics will shape the governance structure in the coming term.

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