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Former Airline CEO Elected Leader of New Zealand Opposition

  • Christopher Luxon was head of national carrier until 2019
  • He becomes the fifth National Party leader in four years
Christopher Luxon in 2020.
Christopher Luxon in 2020.Photographer: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
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New Zealand’s main opposition National Party appointed its fifth leader in four years, choosing newcomer Christopher Luxon to restore its support and take on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Luxon, a former Air New Zealand chief executive, was elected leader by National Party members of parliament at a caucus meeting Tuesday in Wellington. The 51 year-old is the protégé of former prime minister John Key and was always tipped to be a future leader of the party, but his elevation has come much sooner than anyone expected.