Winston Peters to be named deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

by RNZ / 24 October, 2017
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Winston Peters will receive two top positions in Cabinet when the line-up is announced later today. Photo  / RNZ

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will be named as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister when the final Cabinet line-up is revealed later this week.

Details of the coalition deal struck between Labour and New Zealand First will be announced today, revealing the policy concessions by both sides.

Mr Peters previously served as Foreign Minister the last time his party supported Labour in government, from 2005 to 2008.

Last week, some details of the agreement between Labour and the Greens were released, including the guarantee of a public referendum on legalising cannabis.

New Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the weekend finalising deals with New Zealand First and the Green Party.

Today, both those separate agreements will be formally signed and made public.

Last week, Ms Ardern made her first big reveal as presumptive Prime Minister, naming the 16 Labour MPs who will be in Cabinet.

However, their portfolios, along with the roles given to the Greens and New Zealand First, will not be revealed until Wednesday.

New Zealand First is to get four ministerial portfolios and one under-secretary position, and the Green Party three ministers outside Cabinet and one undersecretary.

The ministers will be sworn in on Thursday, and the first Cabinet meeting will also take place that afternoon.

The Green Party said its ministerial responsibilities would relate to climate change, restoring forests and rivers and ending poverty.

This article was originally published by RNZ.

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