New Zealand PM John Resigned After His Wife Tells Him To

New Zealand's Finance Minister Bill English said on Tuesday (Dec 6) that he planned to stand for prime minister after Mr John Key's surprise resignation a day earlier.

Key, whose mother, Ruth Lazar, escaped Europe on the eve of the Holocaust, recently marked his eighth anniversary as prime minister and 10th year as leader of the center-right National Party, which is set to meet next week to elect his successor.

Making the announcement Monday in a trembling voice, using words he had penned himself, John Key explained his decision at least in part by the toll his job had taken on his own family.

He explained that his two children, now adults, had faced "an extraordinary level of intrusion and pressure" because of his job as prime minister.

Other potential candidates to become the next New Zealand premier included Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, added IANS report.

Prime Minister John Key has dropped one of the biggest political bombshells in decades with his shock announcement that he is resigning virtually immediately, which brings to a sudden end one of the most wonderful political careers in New Zealand.

"Over the years I have observed many leaders who, in a similar position, fail to take this step".

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"Simply put, it has, for me, been the most remarkable, satisfying and exciting time of my life", said Mr.

Still, he has been leader before, taking National to its worst election defeat in 2002 while in opposition.

The National caucus will choose their next leader and New Zealand's 39th Prime Minister on Monday. "I believe I've got the energy, I've got relative youth on my side and I am absolutely focused on winning this leadership contest but then going on and delivering the very, very best for New Zealanders".

While I intend to stay in Parliament long enough to avoid the cost and inconvenience a by-election would cause the good people of my electorate of Helensville, I will at an appropriate time prior to the next election step down as a Member of Parliament.

"I honestly don't think on a family basis, on a lot of other reasons, I could commit much beyond the next election".

Mr Key won government in 2008 from long-serving prime mInister Helen Clark.

  • Adam Floyd