The prime minister of New Zealand, John Key has made a sudden announcement that he is retiring from his post and if Bill English, the deputy prime minister puts his name forward for the leadership he will vote in his favor.
John Key said that it was the hardest decision he has ever made and that he is also unclear on what he will be doing next. He has denied the media reports that he resigned due to the ultimatum given to him by his wife.
He said, “It’s been a decade of a lot of long, lonely nights for her and it’s the right time for me to come home.”
He told reporters, “I don’t feel comfortable looking down the barrel of the camera and not being honest … On a family basis, I don’t think I could commit much longer than the next election.”
First elected as prime minister in 2008 and a member of the National party, John Key is considered as one of the most popular prime ministers in the history of the country.
He told media, “Sometimes you’ve got to make hard decisions to make right decisions. 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.”
John Key successfully steered New Zealand out of recession during the global economic crisis of 2008, local media has nicknamed him “Teflon John” due to the fact he managed to avoid any large controversy that would tarnish his legacy.
However, he has been accused of misleading the public about the state of economy by the leader of the New Zealand First Party, Winston Peters who said that he resigned because he could no longer deceive the public.
According to the Guardian, an associate professor in politics and international relations at Auckland University said, “Recently the normally high-performing Key brand has been undermined by denying a growing housing and traffic crisis as people in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, struggle to find a place to live and to travel to work.
“The Key brand has become disconnected and he has increasingly appeared to be someone who doesn’t understand what it is like to be an ordinary New Zealander any more.”