Wellington, Dec 5, 2016: In a shocking revelation, Popular New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced his resignation by saying it was the right time to go after eight years in the job.
Key, however, cited family reasons for his leaving.
He said stepping down was the hardest decision he had ever had to make, but there was “no way” he could have served a full fourth term.
Key also resigned as the National Party leader. He announced his decision at a press briefing explaining the job had required great sacrifices “from those who are dearest to me.”
According to the New Zealand Herald, Key’s wife, Bronagh, asked him to step down due to the “extraordinary levels of intrusion” in the lives of their two children, daughter Stephie and son Max.
The National Party will hold a special caucus on December 12 to decide who would be their new leader and new prime minister, although current Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is expected to take over.
Economy Minister Steven Joyce is expected to be the new head of Finance.
The possible date for new elections in New Zealand is November 2017.