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# 205971 5-Dec-2016 13:04
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"John Key is resigning as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Key made the announcement at his weekly press conference this afternoon." Effective 12 December.

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11760656

 

 

 

Thoughts? I didn't see that coming!





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  # 1682453 5-Dec-2016 13:08
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Makes sense with an upcoming election





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  # 1682454 5-Dec-2016 13:11
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Any idea why?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1682455 5-Dec-2016 13:12
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Watching now... this line is interesting: "Key says he had no option but to resign immediately, won't be a "lame-duck leader""

 

 

 

He's right though - clean break is best. sh*t timing. Thanks 2016!!!

 

 





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  # 1682456 5-Dec-2016 13:12
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lokhor:

 

Makes sense with an upcoming election

 

 

 

 

But why not see out your term, for a democratic transition to a new PM? Given how sudden this is, and that Key was recently indicated he would serve a 4th term if the party and public wanted him, I'd say something serious is the cause of this. Maybe someone at home is sick.





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Main reason appears to be "It's time to pass the baton" 

 

 

 

So nothing at all to do with Hayley Holt announcing she will run against him in his Helensville electorate for the Green Party. tongue-out

 

(EDIT: Just clarifying that I do not think that John Key's resignation has anything to do with Hayley Holt's announcement today.  Just thought it was an amusing coincidence)

 

 


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  # 1682458 5-Dec-2016 13:14
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It's not impossible to believe that his family forced the decision, and that doing it early enough to give his successor a chance to bed-in is the best plan for the party.




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  # 1682467 5-Dec-2016 13:18
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Personally sad to hear this but can absolutely understand his decision. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1682468 5-Dec-2016 13:18
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I am very shocked, but respect his decision. 8+ years is a long time in the top job and he has faced a lot of major things like EQ's which as Leader would be incredibly draining. 

 

I suspect his family played a large role and if that's the case, then he has every right to put them first.

 

 


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evnafets:

 

Main reason appears to be "It's time to pass the baton" 

 

 

 

So nothing at all to do with Hayley Holt announcing she will run against him in his Helensville electorate for the Green Party. 

 

 

 

 

Heh, yeah I am sure he was quaking in his boots :)


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Sounds like he had enough (and his family more so).

 

Wonder who they will elect to replace him. A busy week for the National Party factions ahead.

 

Bill English has to be favorite but I wonder if Judith Collins will have the numbers....


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It sounds like if he wasn't committed to a 4th term then its not really fair on his party or the public, when you get up in election year next year and say vote for me, knowing in the back of your mind that you are gonna leave.

 

It also makes the transition have a bit of time, so the new leader can run the campaign in election year.


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He has been looking increasingly worn out lately and looked absolutely stuffed when he was filmed at the Kaikoura harbour with Brownlee.  Maybe the media coverage of Max Key's indiscretion was a factor too.





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PaulBags: Any idea why?


Maybe he wants Ernie Merricks job

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  # 1682481 5-Dec-2016 13:27
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Sad news....

 

 

 

but on the lighter side of things, maybe trump can follow in his direction? :P





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  # 1682487 5-Dec-2016 13:33
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evnafets:

 

Main reason appears to be "It's time to pass the baton" 

 

 

 

So nothing at all to do with Hayley Holt announcing she will run against him in his Helensville electorate for the Green Party. 

 

 

 

 

Cant'e believe anyone would even think that he would resign cause of this...amazing assumption.


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