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New Zealand PM shocks world with sudden resignation

5th Dec 16 11:02 am

John Key steps down

Kiwi Prime Minister John Key shocked his nation and the world yesterday by announcing his resignation.

The leader of the National party said his resignation will be effective from 12 December, the day when National MPs will meet to select a new leader.

Key threw his weight behind deputy prime minister, Bill English, to take over the reins of the country.

He said stepping down was the hardest decision he had ever had to make and added that he felt it is the right time to go.

“Sometimes you’ve got to make hard decisions to make right decisions,” he said.

“I think one of the reasons governments fail at that fourth-term hurdle is leaders don’t want to leave, everyone says ‘I’ve seen this before’. This is the chance to demonstrate newness about us.”

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