New Zealand PM, Son of Holocaust Refugee, Resigns – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

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John Key
Photo Credit: John Key’s Facebook page


New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, whose mother was a Jewish refugee from Austria, resigned on Monday to spend more time with his family, The Australian Jewish News reported Thursday (not a typo, do the math). Key received an urgent text message from Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, reading, “Say it ain’t so, bro.”

The 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Key, 55, took office in 2008, and has been the head of the New Zealand National Party since 2006. It’s possible that Key, a former Merrill Lynch executive, has just had enough. He told a press conference on Monday that he had never wanted to be a career politician and had no idea what he would do next.

“Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job…

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