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In a significant political shift, New Zealand’s National Party has successfully formed a coalition government with two other right-leaning parties, the ACT and New Zealand First. This move, announced on Friday, comes nearly six weeks after the nation’s general elections.
Christopher Luxon, the leader of the National Party, alongside David Seymour of ACT and New Zealand First leader, will be at the forefront of this new government. Seymour and the New Zealand First leader will share the deputy prime minister role, transitioning midway through their term.
In a statement, Luxon outlined the coalition’s key objectives: “Our government will rebuild the economy to ease the cost of living and deliver tax relief to increase the prosperity of all New Zealanders,” he said. “Our government will restore law and order, and personal responsibility, so that Kiwis are safer in their own communities.”
This coalition marks a departure from the previous six years under the Labour Party’s administration, with promises to cut personal income taxes, increase police forces, and focus the central bank’s mandate on maintaining low inflation.