New Zealand delays dissolving parliament ahead of planned election due to COVID-19 outbreak

New Zealand delays dissolving parliament ahead of planned election due to COVID-19 outbreak
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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday announced that the dissolution of the country's parliament ahead of a planned general election will be delayed to give lawmakers all possible options amid a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"Parliament was due to dissolve today at 11:00 [23:00 GMT on Tuesday] … But the parliament dissolving does mean that if we needed to convene parliament for any reason, we wouldn’t be able to do so. We’ve therefore decided it would be prudent to defer the dissolution of parliament by at least a few days to preserve all options for, if needed, reconvening parliament", Ardern said at a press conference.

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