Bill English chosen as New Zealand's prime minister

Delia Watkins
December 14, 2016

Bill English's appointment as New Zealand prime minister on Monday caps a remarkable political comeback for the "boring" poetry-loving former farmer who once led his party to its worst-ever defeat.

Mr English has already revealed senior cabinet minister Steven Joyce will replace him as finance minister.

Simon William "Bill" English assumed office as Prime Minister of New Zealand on 12 December 2016.

During a press conference, the new prime minister promised a moderate government and vowed to keep infrastructure a priority.

"I think under Prime Minister Bill English we can really drive change for all New Zealanders", she said.

In late 2003, Mr English was ousted from the leadership.

A decision about early elections wouldn't be made before the new year.

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England ended the day at 288/5 with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler the two unbeaten batsmen for them. Vijay mixed caution with aggression, and brought up his 15th test half-century off 126 balls.

Key said there is no way he could have serve out a full fourth term. "But I don't intend to use the position to try to influence those issues", he said.

English said New Zealand's prosperity meant the country did not have the pool of disaffected voters responsible for Brexit and US President-elect Donald Trump's victory.

He said he hoped to build on Mr Key's work boosting New Zealand's worldwide profile, saying it had given New Zealand a reputation as a successful economy which was open to trade, investment and immigration.

Key, who resigned for family reasons after eight years and prime minister and 10 as party leader, said he was looking forward to becoming an anonymous backbencher.

The official John Key Facebook page has more than 250,000 likes, while Bill English is nearly hitting 19,000. "Congratulations to my good friend @honbillenglish on becoming the new leader of the @nznationalparty and the next Prime Minister of NZ", Key tweeted after English was formally elected.

Married to Dr. Mary English, a general practitioner.

English secured the votes of a majority of MPs in New Zealand's governing National Party after a leading contender, Judith Collins, stepped out of the race. It remains to be seen whether the Fijian PM views the rapprochement between the two countries as being dependent on his relationship with Key; if so, with his resignation the recent improvement may have been reset.

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