The Prime Minister's surprise announcement
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Theresa May makes surprise general election announcement

19 April 2017 Last updated at 08:27 BST

British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised many people when she announced on 18 April she wants to call a general election in June 2017.

Normally the big vote to decide who will run the country happens every five years and the next one was due to take place in 2020.

BBC political reporter Adam Fleming tells us more about what she said and why she wants to bring it forward.