New Zealand PM John Key announces his resignation

Key said that it was the "right time" to step down, noting that he made his decision after a "pretty long discussion" with his wife. "On a family basis," said the father of two, "I don't think I could commit much longer than the next election"

New Zealand PM John Key announces his resignation

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key surprised his country on Monday when he announced his resignation after eight years as at the helm.Key, who is also leader of the National Party, made his decision public at a press conference on Monday afternoon local time.

At his press conference, he said: "Sometimes you've got to make hard decisions to make right decisions," Key told reporters. "This is the hardest decision I've ever made, and I don't know what I'll do next."


Key said that it was the "right time" to step down, noting that he made his decision after a "pretty long discussion" with his wife. "On a family basis," said the father of two, "I don't think I could commit much longer than the next election."

According to New Zealand Herald, Key's wife had requested him to step down from the post. During his announcement, he said his children have had to deal with an "extraordinary level of intrusion."

He was considered to be the most popular Prime Minister in the country's history He won a third term for the National Party at elections in September 2014. He said he would not be contesting the 2017 election.

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