New Zealand sets date for general election

 |Feb 1, 2017
NZ Prime Minister Bill English
NZ Prime Minister Bill English

New Zealand will hold a general election on September 23, Prime Minister Bill English announced on Wednesday.

“As we have done in previous election years I am announcing the election date early as I believe it’s important to provide the country with some certainty and that it’s in everyone’s best interest to have plenty of notice,” he said in a statement.

The last election was held on September 20, 2014, which confirmed the conservative National Party for a third term in office.

English took over as prime minister in December after John Key unexpectedly resigned. – DPA