In this file photograph dated Oct 19, 2017, New Zealand's then Prime Minister and leader of the National Party Bill English attends a press conference at Parliament in Wellington. (Marty MELVILLE / AFP)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's opposition leader Bill English is quitting after losing last year's election.
English served as a lawmaker for 27 years. He took the reins as prime minister in December 2016 after his predecessor John Key resigned
The former prime minister told reporters Tuesday he was resigning as leader of the conservative National Party and leaving Parliament.
READ MORE: Jacinda Ardern sworn in as NZ prime minister
English served as a lawmaker for 27 years. He took the reins as prime minister in December 2016 after his predecessor John Key resigned.
At the September election, English sought to extend a nine-year hold on power for his party. On election night, he appeared triumphant after the National Party won the most votes of any party.
But the celebrations were short-lived. The liberal Labour Party was able to form an alliance with two smaller parties and form a government under Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
English served eight years as finance minister before taking the top job.
ALSO READ: NZ First leader to become deputy PM, foreign minister
President Yameen sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days as the situation has not changed.19 February 2018
Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters into the atmosphere and hot clouds down it slopes.19 February 2018
President Moon Jae-in instructed officials to point out to Washington the unfairness of the US safeguards against ROK products.19 February 2018
Rescue teams were trying to locate the Aseman Airlines a day after it crashed as glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered their search.19 February 2018
Senators began a public inquiry into the US$300m purchase of two navy frigates, to determine whether Christopher "Bong" Go had interfered in the process.19 February 2018
DPRK state media said the Donald Trump administration has become "extremely embarrassed by the atmosphere for inter-Korean reconciliation."19 February 2018
Copyright 1995 - 2018. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily. Without written authorization from China Daily, such content shall not be republished or used in any form.