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National Accepts Voters' Choice For Change



Saturday 27 November 1999


Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said tonight, it was clear New Zealanders believe it is time for a change.

"Tonight I have warmly congratulated Labour Leader Helen Clark on her victory, and have given her the assurance that as the incumbent government, we will manage in our caretaker role while the new grouping negotiates a basis on which to govern, and until the new government is ready to be appointed.

"I give New Zealand my commitment that we will continue working to ensure New Zealand's interests are secured until the political situation is settled.

"I am proud that our National-led Government leaves New Zealand well positioned to make a great success of the new century.

"We have a strong economy, new jobs emerging, and a strong export-led recovery underway. New Zealand's future passes from safe hands and in good heart.

"I assure New Zealanders that National will be a loyal and highly active opposition as we seek to ensure that the gains New Zealand has made are locked in. I look forward to vigorously fulfilling the role of the Leader of Opposition.

"During the coming few days if any significant issues arise while we continue as a caretaker government, we will first consider whether they can be deferred, or a temporary solution found. If that is not possible, and an urgent decision is needed, we will consider whether we should consult other parties to see if there is support for the proposed action.

"I have informed the Governor-General that I will be making this announcement," the Prime Minister said.


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