efe-epaSydney, Australia

New Zealand’s National Party on Friday elected Todd Muller in a secret ballot to lead the opposition into September’s general election, in which it hopes to win back power from the coalition government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Little known to most of New Zealand, 51-year-old Bay of Plenty region MP Muller ousted incumbent Simon Bridges during a leadership battle in a special caucus meeting, the party announced on its Twitter feed. EFE-EPA