Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Prime Minister elect Christopher Luxon for his party’s win in the New Zealand’s general election. Luxon’s National Party and coalition partner ACT registered victory on October 14, together securing 61 seats in a 121-seat parliament.
On Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins conceded that his Labour Party had lost the election and was not in a position to form a government. The outgoing Prime Minister has spent just nine months at the job after taking over from Jacinda Ardern in January.
Luxon on October 16 said that while his party was waiting for special votes to be counted, the parties were working on building relationships with both ACT New Zealand and New Zealand First parties. While the National Party and ACT have the numbers to form a government on the current count, roughly 5,67,000 special votes, around 20% of the total, are still be counted. The official result will be declared on November 3.
The New Zealand election campaign saw a significant emphasis on the challenging economic landscape and a sharp rise in the cost of living.