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New Zealand's New Prime Minister Certain To Be Bill English
Deputy prime minister set to take over, after shock resignation of leader John Key (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 320)
Dec 9, 2016 World News
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Bill English is now certain to be New Zealand's next prime minister after the surprise resignation this week by the current prime minister, Mr John Key. At first there were two other members of parliament who said they wanted the prime minister role, but they dropped out on Thursday. Now it is all but certain that Bill English will win the position. The appointment will be made official when the conservative party meets on Monday.

English has been a faithful deputy to prime minister Key for eight years as both deputy prime minister and minister of finance and has been recognized as doing a good job in both roles. New Zealand has seen regular growth of more than 3 percent in its GDP and unemployment has now fallen below 5 percent. English has also managed to show small surpluses on the government accounts recently.

Key has been a popular New Zealand prime minister for many years and most people expected that he would continue in the top job for a while longer. So it was a real shock when he announced last week that he was going to resign. However he said that he wanted to leave while he was still on top of his game. He also said he had a strong desire to spend more time with his wife and two children, which was impossible while he held the high-pressure role of leader. Key himself has recommended English to take over from him.

On Thursday English told reporters that events had been happening "pretty fast" over the last few days and he wanted to wait until he was confirmed on Monday, before releasing his plans. "I won't be talking about being a prime minister until I am one," he said. He has already signaled that he wants to give New Zealand's workers a tax cut and also spread the country's growing wealth to where it is most needed.

Expected new prime minister Bill English held which roles previously?
he was the prime minister of NZ
he was the finance minister of NZ
deputy prime minister and finance minister
minister of police and foreign affairs
What was the main reason given for John Key's resignation?
he had lost the support of the country
he wanted to spend more time with his family
he wanted to try a new job outside parliament
he had been doing the top job for too long
Which word signals that John Key's resignation was not expected?
shock
popular
faithful
certain
What evidence is given for Mr English doing a good job as finance minister?
NZ's economy is growing steadily
The government runs a small surplus
Unemployment continues to be low
All of the above reasons are given
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help


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an-nounced

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a person who holds old views and does not like change


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know something having seen it before


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re-sig-na-tion

the act of giving up a position


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send information


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sent a message or a sign


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amount left over after expenses have been met


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