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Maori Party Leaders Enter Second Round Talks With Nats

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Wellington, Nov 12 NZPA - Prime Minister elect John Key has begun a second round of talks with Maori Party leaders in a bid to sign up their support to a National-led government.

Mr Key met Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples yesterday in a bid to sew up 70 votes in support of his government.

Today Mrs Turia and Mr Sharples arrived for the second round of talks about 15 minutes late and dodged waiting media by entering National's offices through the back entrance.

Mr Key is on track to announce his cabinet at the weekend and have it sworn in on Wednesday.

ACT, with five seats, and United Future, with one, have already pledged support on confidence votes.

With National's 59 seats, Mr Key has a confirmed 65 confidence votes in the 122-member Parliament.

But Mr Key wants to form a broad-based government with the widest possible support and has said he will offer policy concessions and possible ministerial roles to reach a deal with the Maori Party.

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