New Zealand PM announces general election date

Tuesday, 2020-01-28 11:28:25
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces the 2020 General Election will be held on September 19.
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The 2020 General Election will be held on September 19, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on January 28.

"I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand," Ardern said at a press conference.

She believed it was fair to announce the dates early in advance. "It improves the opportunities for New Zealanders to take part in the democratic process and gives a greater degree of certainty to the political landscape," said the prime minister.

Ardern has advised the governor-general of the election date.

Xinhua