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Key quits: in his words

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

WHAT PM JOHN KEY SAID ABOUT HIS DECISION TO RESIGN:

* "Sometimes you have to make hard decisions to make the right decision"

* "A good leader knows when it's time to go and now's the time to go"

* "This has been the hardest decision I have ever made"

* "I'm not a career politician"

* "It is a hard job to leave"

* "I do not believe that if I was asked to commit to serving out a full fourth term I could look the public in the eye and say yes"

* "I have always believed that the test of a good Prime Minister is that he or she leaves the country in better shape than they found it. Over time, others will judge whether I have done that. All I can say is that I gave it everything I had. I have left nothing in the tank"

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