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New Zealand's governmental power is held by the House of Representatives, which is elected for a 3 year term. In October 1996 the legislature increased from 99 to 120 seats. This was done when a system of mixed member proportional representation was introduced.

The leader of the largest party in the House normally becomes Prime Minister and, like in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister holds executive power as the head of an executive cabinet.

The Head of State is the Brittish monarch, represented by the governor general.
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