- The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced steps Monday. Local media report that family reasons underlying that choice.
The prime minister made his surprising decision announced during the weekly press conference. Key was more than eight years of government and assured his third term in elections in September 2014.
Key will formally resign on December 12 and the center-right National Party chooses a new leader. Finance Minister Bill English is the main candidate to succeed the prime minister.
Key announced that his job as prime minister has asked many of ' those who are dearest to me. '' He does not know yet what he will do next.