Updated: 03/10/2014 11:50 | By Agence France-Presse

New Zealand PM calls September 20 election

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.


New Zealand PM calls September 20 election

Prime Minister John Key celebrates his victory in the 2011 general election during the National Party's election party in Auckland, November 26, 2011 - by Marty Melville

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."

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