(ed: is anyone else mildly bemused how one who has dominated the media/culture for so long can so quickly disappear from trace/be forgotten..?)
Mr Key will give his final speech to Parliament next week.
A by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs six months before the House rises for a general election.
This year’s general election takes place on 23 September.
(ed: we have been promised all sorts of revelations/scandal over why he really quit – but nothing has surfaced as yet.
maybe it is all in the tranche of leaked/hacked tory party dirt that kim dotcom is promising to release i the run-up to the election..?..