New Zealand parliament holds its first session after polls

 New Zealand`s 51st Parliament Monday held its first sitting since last month`s general election for the swearing-in of all 121 members.

IANS| Updated: Oct 20, 2014, 13:13 PM IST

Wellington: 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.