Abe Tells Coalition Partner of Intention to Avoid Double Election


Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his coalition partner on Friday that he will not call a snap election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, on the same day as a triennial House of Councillors election this summer.

Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi told reporters that Abe, also president of the Liberal Democratic Party, explained his decision when the two met.

According to Yamaguchi, the two agreed to prepare for the Upper House election, likely to take place on July 21, after the ongoing Diet session ends next Wednesday, as scheduled.

During a parliamentary debate on Wednesday, Abe said he had no intention of dissolving the Lower House for a snap election.

Yamaguchi said he asked Abe whether the prime minister has since changed his mind. In response, Abe was quoted as saying that the word "dissolution" is not even in the back of his mind, as before.

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