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John Key

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Profession: New Zealand Prime Minister

New Zealand
New Zealand

Biography: Key served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. Elected amidst the global financial crisis, much of Key's first term was marked by attempts to stabilize the economy and reduce the fallout from the credit crunch.

Significant events during his term included the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, a controversial partial sale of state-owned assets, the withdrawal of New Zealand forces from Afghanistan and a defeated flag referendum.

Key announced his resignation in December 2016 and was succeeded by Bill English.

Born: August 9, 1961
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 60 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo

Historical Events

  • 2008-11-08 John Key leads the National Party to victory in New Zealand's general election, defeating nine year Prime Minister Helen Clark and her Labour-led coalition government
  • 2014-11-05 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State, but claims there are 40 New Zealanders on 'terror watchlist'
  • 2016-12-04 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office
  • 2016-12-12 Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key

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