Australian PM visits governor-general to seek July 2 election: media

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Posted: May 07, 2016 11:06 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Governor- General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Sunday to ask that both houses of parliament be dissolved and a general election called for July 2, media reported.

Turnbull, running neck-and-neck in opinion polls with center-left Labor, confirmed on Wednesday he would seek a July 2 election as he looks to cash in on a budget plan aimed at creating jobs and spurring growth.

Under Australia's political system, the governor-general is the representative of the head of state, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

(Reporting by Peter Gosnell; Editing by Paul Tait)