Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today declared his resignation subsequent to eight years as head of the government. Key further made it clear that there were family reasons for stepping down.
Key also resigned as the National Party leader and stated: “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made and I don’t know what I’ll do next.”
The country’s presumptive next leader paid tribute to Key “as one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders”.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English stated: “Through good times and bad, his strong leadership has been steadfast and this is a more confident, successful and self-assured country because of his contribution. He has truly made a difference.”