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Former airline boss becomes leader of New Zealand opposition party

Wellington: Former airline boss Christopher Luxon was elected leader of New Zealand’s main opposition National Party on Tuesday, becoming the fifth leader of the party trying to seize the position of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Laxon, Air New Zealand CEO from 2012-19, won the party room vote without a contest after his main rival, Simon Bridges, withdrew from the contest.
The 51-year-old is the first member to win a seat in Auckland-based botany in last year’s elections.
Luxon said New Zealand is “going in the wrong direction” under Ardan. Ardan’s personal popularity remains high among voters.
“I came to politics because I know how to solve problems and get things done,” he said.
“I have built my career by reversing the fate of poorly performing companies. I bring that real-world experience to this role.”
He is the fourth national leader in the last two years and has replaced Judith Collins, who was banished in her sharpened leadership style last week.
In appointing experienced executives, National hopes to repeat the success of former leader John Key, a former Merrill Lynch broker who won three elections in 2008-16 and was prime minister. ..
National had the worst results in history in last year’s elections, and Ardan’s Labor Party remains the leader in polls.
Labor and its coalition partners currently make up about 56%, while National and its allies are just over 40%.
Ardan’s reputation as preferred prime minister is almost 42%, below the 60% high recorded near the last election, but still 30 points higher than her closest rival.



Former airline boss becomes leader of New Zealand opposition party

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