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Former trade union boss to lead New Zealand opposition party after big election defeat

  • Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

    Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party  Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

    Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party  Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

    Andrew Little delivers his acceptance speech after being elected as the new leader of the opposition Labour Party Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. Little won from among four candidates after the party suffered a big election defeat two months ago, prompting former leader David Cunliffe to step down. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)  (The Associated Press)

New Zealand's main opposition political party has elected a former trade union boss as its leader following a big election defeat two months ago.

Andrew Little was chosen by the liberal Labour Party Tuesday from among four candidates after former leader David Cunliffe stepped down following the September election.

The election saw conservative Prime Minister John Key win a third term in office after his National Party won 47 percent of the vote. The Labour Party won 25 percent of the vote, its worst showing in more than 90 years.

Little didn't announce any major new policies in his acceptance speech, saying instead the party would review its policies.

He just edged Grant Robertson in the contest, who had hoped to become the party's first openly gay leader.