John Key steps down, social media reacts

2:45 pm on 5 December 2016

Social media was quick to react when Prime Minister John Key dropped his political bombshell today.

John Key

Newly-elected Prime Minister John Key in London in 2008 Photo: AFP / FILE

When word went out that Mr Key's weekly post-Cabinet news conference was going to be held hours early, plenty of speculation followed:

And then Mr Key dropped his bombshell:

Politicians in New Zealand and overseas were quick to offer their thoughts:

Some were saddened by the news:

But there were those that could barely contain themselves:

And then, of course, the jokers had some fun:

In the end, we are all this internet cat:

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