By: L.N. Reklai

December 5, 2016 (New Zealand) New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his decision to resign from his post as the Prime Minister of New Zealand after 8 years in office.

The decision which took his country by surprise is said to be something that he had been thinking about for about a year.


In his announcement, Key stated that it is the “right time” to step down.

Citing family reasons for resigning, Key stated that even though his family is very supportive of his public service, he believe that it is time to focus on his family.

Reports that his wife may have given him an ultimatum to give up public office are denied by Prime Minister Keys.

He admitted that his wife and children had sacrificed for his public service but there’s also been benefits and lessons learned.

Stating that by leaving, he is making room for new talent, Keys recommended his Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Bill English for the job.

Prime Minister John Keys have been a very popular and effective leader for New Zealand and is lauded by the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull as “one of the most outstanding national leaders in the world today.”

New Zealand’s next election will be held in November of 2017. [/restrict]