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Act Party elects new leaders

Published: 8:09PM Friday March 24, 2006 Source: RNZ

The Act Party has elected a new president and vice-president following a vote at its annual conference in Wellington on Friday evening.

Garry Mallett from Hamilton is the new president and Trevor Louden from Christchurch is vice-president.

Outgoing president Catherine Judd - who stood down after five years in the job - says members have elected two people with talent and passion.

The first day of Act's conference on Saturday is closed to the media in a departure from other years. There is speculation the party intends to discuss its disappointing election result, which saw Act's presence in parliament reduced from nine MPs to two MPs.