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Polls: New Zealand headed for lopsided election
Polls indicate New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will lead party to lopsided election win
By The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ' Polls indicate New Zealand could be headed for its most lopsided election result in 60 years.

Two weeks before the country's general election, incumbent Prime Minister John Key's center-right National Party appears to be on target to win a majority of the popular vote and could enjoy unprecedented powers. No one party has won a majority of the popular vote in New Zealand since 1951.

Key, a former currency trader who became prime minister in the last election in 2008, is promising to turn government deficits into surpluses within three years, in part by selling minority stakes in four publicly owned energy companies and Air New Zealand, the government's national carrier.



Key estimates the sales will raise up to 7 billion New Zealand dollars ($5.5 billion).


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