5th NZ Parliament
The 5th Parliament of New Zealand was in session from February 25 to March 25, 2011. The membership was set by the February 25 parliamentary elections. This Parliament was notable for the immense political changes that took place within it following the PTO of Aotearoa by Bass Junkie on March 15.
During its early days, the Parliament was controlled by the single-party majority of Aotearoa. It also benefited from the presence of Ranginui, the successor to the Kiwi Social Democrats, which remained aligned with it. Both parties were supporters of the administration of Aotearoa President loader.
The "opposition" remained weak and divided. The 8 opposition members were split between the venerable Peace 'n' Prosperity Party (PnPP) and the newly formed Speight's Supporters Party (SSP). The SSP, it should be noted, was on friendly terms with Aotearoa and did not view itself as an opposition party.
Following the surprise election of Bass as PP of Aotearoa, things began to change quickly. An mass exodus took place from the majority party into three minor parties, Red label Party, Ranginui and Demokratska Stranka Srpske. These parties quickly constituted the new majority.
During this exodus both the PnPP and the SSP suffered, as their numbers crashed and both fell out of the top-five. This would have dire ramifications during the March Parliamentary elections.