Tasmanians are set to go to the polls on May 1, almost a year earlier than expected.
Premier Peter Gutwein went to Government House about 10.30am on Friday, where he informed Governor Kate Warner of his intention to call an election - which wasn't due to be held until March 2022.
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Addressing the media in Hobart about an hour later, Mr Gutwein told reporters the election would be held on the same day as Legislative Council elections in the electorates of Derwent, Windermere and Mersey.
"Tasmania can't afford the uncertainty of minority government," the Premier said.
"We are in a good place but there is a long road ahead and Tasmania needs certainty."
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Mr Gutwein said he would govern in majority or "not at all".
Both Labor and the Greens say they are ready for an election.
Labor leader Rebecca White said last month that she and her caucus team were "absolutely committed to contesting the next election to be elected as a majority Labor government".
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor took to social media on Thursday night to say her party had a plan to "build back greener and fairer from COVID, tackle climate and make sure no-one is left behind".
"Our plan invests in green skills and jobs, the care sectors, rewilding and [housing] as a human right," she wrote.
News of the election follows The Examiner's exclusive reveal on Wednesday that an early poll would be called this week.
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