Baku, December 5, AZERTAC
Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key has announced his retirement as the country's leader, saying he had "nothing left in the tank" and it was time to move on, according to Stuff, New Zealand's news and information website.
In a shock announcement, Key's voice wavered as he said he had "given everything I could do this job" at great cost to his family.
He had recently marked his eighth anniversary as Prime Minister and 10th year as leader of the National Party, which he saw as a chance not only to take stock of the past 10 years but also to look forward. Key had been mulling the move for the last year.
He said he had never seen himself as a career politician, and did not believe he could "look the public in the eye" and say he planned to serve out a fourth term.