“Many New Zealanders . . . think it inevitable Mr. (John) Key will be the next prime minister” according to the Financial Times. Mr. Key is a republican who has said that it is “inevitable” that his country would become a republic. He thought that this might happen when Britain changes its feudal head of state or when neighbouring Australia moves towards a republican constitution.
Mr. Key is a 47-year old former investment banker who has led the conservative National Party since 2006. Polls suggest that his party would win 60 out of 120 seats in an election for the New Zealand parliament. However, it is likely to need the support of smaller parties to form a government.