New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Announces his Resignation

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has surprisingly announced his resignation after eight years in the job. He cited Family as a reason for resignation.

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Emotional Mr. Key said it was the hardest decision he has ever made and doesn’t know what he will do next.

He said, it was a personal decision and also denied media reports, which said his wife had given him an ultimatum.

He said he would not be seeking a fourth term in the 2017 election.

Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English is likely to take over until the party chooses a new leader.

He made the announcement in his Weekly press conference and set a date of 2 December for formal resignation.

He said his job required great sacrifices “from those who are dearest to me” and that his children had coped with “an extraordinary level of intrusion”.

“All I can say is that I gave it everything I had. I have left nothing in the tank.”

He told a radio program referring to his wife, “We talked about it and she likes the concept of me being home more but there was no ultimatum.”

Opposition Labour leader Andrew Little said Mr. Key “has served New Zealand generously and with dedication. I wish him and his family the best for the future”.

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: “John Key has been a good friend to Australia. I wish him and his family all the best.”

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