New Zealand swings rightward as Labour suffers election defeat

Just three years after entering politics, former businessman Christopher Luxon is set to lead New Zealand to the right as prime minister-elect, ending six years of Labour-led center-left government.

The center-right National Party and preferred coalition partner ACT New Zealand won a razor-thin electoral victory on Saturday, together securing 61 seats in 121 seat parliament.

The National-ACT majority is slim and the two parties may need support from the populist New Zealand First Party to form a government. Mr. Luxon said on Monday while National was waiting for special votes to be counted, they were working on building relationships with both ACT and New Zealand First.