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Christy Clark continues on as premier amidst absentee ballots and potential recounts

It could be a couple of weeks until B.C. residents know whether their province has a minority or a majority government.

Premier Christy Clark got the lieutenant-governor’s OK to continue at the helm after the Liberals squeaked out a victory over the NDP, giving B.C. its first minority government in 65 years, if the results hold.

The Liberals won 43 seats while the NDP took 41 and the Greens won three in the 87-seat legislature, leaving the Liberals one seat short of a majority. It will take at least two weeks for 176,000 absentee ballots to be counted, which could flip close ridings, and there could also be judicial recounts.

In the meantime, NDP Leader John Horgan is not making any commitments to work with Green Leader Andrew Weaver in a minority government.

After winning three seats in the election, the Green party holds the balance of power in the legislature.

Both Horgan and Premier Christy Clark say they want to sit down with Weaver to talk about working together. Weaver says his party would speak with both of them in the coming weeks and would work with whoever has the most in common with the Green platform.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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