Key is has long craved a “historic” 4th term. From 2014 – John Key keen for fourth term as PM
Prime Minister John Key says he would be “quite keen” for a fourth term as Prime Minister, but he’s afraid that saying so will “jinx” it.
Also 2014 – Key wants to stick around for fourth term
“If we can get there it would be an amazing thing to achieve, but it’s very difficult,” Key said.
He was worried about losing and had talked to his wife, Bronagh, about leaving. “Losing feels like failure and I don’t kinda like failure.” But Bronagh was pivotal in his decision to stay. “Bronagh was much stronger on it than I was – that I would be running away, and why would I do that?”
January this year – Key sets eyes on a fourth term
The Prime Minister is launching into 2016 with plans to stand for an historic fourth term.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Weekend Herald about the year ahead, John Key confirmed his intention to fight another election and remain in office. “My stock standard position has been that I intend to stay for as long as I think I can add value and the party wants me,” he said.
“That’s my position. It’s not something where I’ve gone away and actively considered but that is my position at the moment.”
Prime Minister John Key says he will lead New Zealand for “as long as the party and the public want me”, after confirming he plans to run for a fourth term.
Key now says he made the decision to step down in September – before his 24 September 2016 he interview on The Nation – Key plans to stay entire fourth term. The relevant section of the video is the last couple of minutes (13:30) –
Gower: I want to ask you a final question about your future. You’re obviously going for a fourth term.
Gower: Will you see it out, will you stay for the whole 4th term if you win it?
Key: Well firstly you’ve got to win it.
Gower: So if you do win it will you stay for the whole 4th term?
Key: That would be my intention –
Key’s answer to the first question is direct, emphatic, and odd for a man who had already (he now claims) decided to quit.
Update: Well well – “Prime Minister John Key says not to believe any conspiracy theories as to why he’s left today, that he just wanted to go out on top and the time was right for him.”