Japan's Abe Not to Call Double Election: Officials

Politics

Tokyo, June 10 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided not to call a double election for the two chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament, senior administration officials said Monday.

Abe has apparently concluded that his ruling coalition will fare well in this summer's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, without a snap election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, according to the officials.

Also, he wants to keep the number of seats held by the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling camp in the all-important lower chamber, the officials said.

The government and ruling coalition have already decided not to extend the ongoing ordinary Diet session slated to end on June 26.

As Abe is no longer likely to dissolve the Lower House during the session, the Upper House election is expected to take place July 21. The official campaign period would start on July 4 under the public offices election law.

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