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Australian PM Turnbull calls for Jul 2 election

[CANBERRA] Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday (May 8) the nation would go to the polls on Jul 2 as he seeks his own mandate with the public just eight months after deposing predecessor Tony Abbott in a party coup.

"The governor-general has accepted my advice to dissolve both houses of parliament effective tomorrow morning, and call an election for both houses, a double dissolution, on Jul 2," Turnbull said at a press conference in Canberra.


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