World Bulletin / News Desk
Bill English has been sworn in as New Zealand’s following the resignation of John Key last week.
Bill English, who served as Key’s deputy and minister of finance, became the country’s 39th prime minister after his election Monday by the National Party caucus.
The New Zealand Herald reported that English said in a short statement that it was a privilege to be appointed to the top post, promising the country’s governor general to "take seriously the role you have conferred on us".
On Dec. 5, Key announced his resignation after eight years in office, saying that "it was time to move on".
"This is the hardest decision I've ever made and I don't know what I'll do next,” he said, citing family reasons for leaving -- stating that the job of prime minister had required great sacrifices "from those who are dearest to me".
On Monday, Key said, “I know I'm passing over to tremendously good hands in the form of Bill English and [deputy PM] Paula Bennett. They are going to steer the country extremely well."
The next general election will take place before November 2017.