Abe Says Not Considering Snap Election

Politics

Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that he has no intention of calling a snap election for the all-important House of Representatives.

"The word 'dissolution' is not even in the back of my mind," Abe said during a parliamentary debate with party leaders, in response to a question about whether or not he plans to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election during the current Diet session, scheduled to end on June 26.

Asked about his response to a possible no-confidence motion against his cabinet or a censure motion against him from the opposition camp, Abe only said, "How the situation will develop is unpredictable."

Following the parliamentary debate, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan chief Yukio Edano told reporters that the main opposition party will consider introducing a no-confidence motion in the Lower House, a flip-flop of its earlier plan to forgo one.

Edano accused Abe of avoiding directly answering questions in the parliamentary debate, the first since June last year.

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