New Zealand PM John Key quits after wife’s advice

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2016 11:17:30


WELLINGTON,

Dec 5,

(IANS),

According to the media, 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.

NEW Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced his resignation after eight years as head of the Government. Key cited family reasons for stepping down.
“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever made and I don’t know what I’ll do next,” Efe quoted Key as saying. He also resigned as the National Party leader.
The country’s presumptive next leader paid tribute to Key “as one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders”. “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,” Xinhua news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Bill English as saying.


According to the media, 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.
Key’s announcement shocked fellow MPs of his centre-right National Party as much as it did to the rest of the country. The National Party caucus will choose a new leader on December 12 and Key said he would back English if he put himself forward.
English was appointed the National Party leader in 2001 but resigned after he led the party to a disastrous election defeat in 2002.


Other senior National Party cabinet Ministers being touted as potential contestants include Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Climate Change Issues and Associate Finance Minister Paula Bennett and Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins.