New Zealand parliament holds its first session after September polls

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New Zealand parliament holds 1st session
Wellington, Oct 20: New Zealand's 51st Parliament Monday held its first sitting since last month's general election for the swearing-in of all 121 members.

David Carter, a member of the National Party, was re-elected the speaker, Xinhua reported.

The ceremony began with the three Royal Commissioners - the Chief Justice, the Court of Appeal president, and the Chief High Court Judge - declaring the new parliament open.

Governor-General Jerry Mataparae will outline the government's legislative agenda over the three-year term at the State Opening of Parliament Tuesday.

The National Party, led by Prime Minister John Key, was re-elected to its third consecutive term in the Sep 20 election and will govern with support from three minor party partners.

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