New Zealand premier clings to thin majority

Prime Minister Robert Muldoon's government has won an absolute parliamentary majority after officials awarded his National Party an extra seat because of a miscount.

But the tiny four-vote majority that won the seat could be nullified when absentee ballots are counted, and results of other races in the Nov. 28 election could change because of special absentee ballots or legal challenges of voting irregularities. The National Party now has 47 of 92 parliamentary seats.

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