Agence France-PresseMarch 10, 2014 05:47
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday called a general election for September 20 this year, when his centre-right government will seek a third term in office.
Key, who is riding high in opinion polls, said he wanted to give New Zealanders plenty of notice about when the vote will take place.
"National will be campaigning strongly on its record in government and plans to continue the good progress New Zealand is making," he told reporters, referring to his party.
Key said he expected a close election, adding: "We will be taking nothing for granted."