Yesterday, NZ Prime Minister John Key announced he was stepping down on Monday. Here are some videos about that, starting with Key’s own statement and press conference, followed by some significant reactions.
First up, John Key’s entire speech and press conference afterward (the audio isn’t great):
The reaction of Bill English, widely tipped to be the next Prime Minister:
Labour Leader Andrew Little responds:
Andrew Little later spoke to John Campbell on RNZ’ Checkpoint, and points out that on a personal level, Key is decent:
Jim Bolger, who was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997 (including when I arrived in New Zealand) also talks to John Campbell about a being a prime minister, stepping down, and on John Key:
Finally, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts. While his may have had a certain effusiveness, others also chimed in, including Australia’s Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, among others. Australia is New Zealand’s largest trading partner and its most important ally.
I posted my own reactions in a post yesterday.