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Chris Luxon of the National party emerges victorious in New Zealand election

 

Centre-Right Leader Christopher Luxon Claims Victory in 2023 New Zealand Election”

 

Chris Hipkins, the Labour Prime Minister, conceded defeat to the National Party leader, Chris Luxon, on Saturday night. Luxon, who first entered parliament in 2020, rose to become the leader of the opposition in November 2021.

 

Luxon’s election campaign focused on promises such as tax cuts for middle-income earners and a tougher stance on crime. According to The New Zealand Herald, National is expected to secure 51 seats, while Labour has 33, the Greens 13, Act 12, NZ First 8, and Te Pāti Māori four seats.

 

The election revolved around key issues like the cost of living and the impact of the slowing Chinese economy, New Zealand’s largest trade partner, as well as the conflict in Ukraine. Local economist Brad Olsen noted that people are feeling the economic strain and don’t perceive New Zealand as doing better than the rest of the world.

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