New Zealand will hold its general election on Sept. 20, Prime Minister John Key said on Monday, in a vote that is likely to focus on his center-right National Party's economic record.
An election for the 120-seat parliament was required by the end of the year, as the government was due to complete its three-year term.
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"I'm announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country's best interests," Key said.
He said the date was influenced by a Group of 20 summit due to be held in Australia in mid-November, to which New Zealand has been invited to attend as an observer.