Manage episode 275011629 series 59345
The election has finished, and the result is that the Labour Party has a majority government. This is unusual in New Zealand because we usually have a coalition government. Even though Labour does have a clear majority, they may still form a coalition with other parties who they have a good relationship with; the Green Party and the Maori Party. This will make the government even stronger and more stable.
At this stage, we know that the Prime Minister will be Jacinda Ardern, but we are not sure who will fill other portfolios as these are still being decided.
Majority: more than half
unusual: not normal, not usual
usual: normal, what happens most of the time. For pronunciation help, go here.
clear: obvious, easy to see
coalition: when several political parties share government
stable: not likely to change
at this stage: now, temporary
portfolio: job as a minister in the government. Notice that “fill” is the verb for “portfolio”, “job” and “position”