Abe Leaves Open Possibility of Snap Election

Politics

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left open the possibility of dissolving the House of Representatives for a snap election during his terms as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

"I'm not ruling out the option" of dissolving the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, Abe said on television Sunday night.

"Lower House members must always have a sense of tension," Abe stressed, speaking after the day's House of Councillors election.

"I have no plans at all" to serve a fourth straight three-year term as LDP president, he also said. Abe's current third term expires in September 2021.

Under the current rules, the LDP members cannot serve as its president for fourth terms in a row.

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