Japan in No Situation to Call Snap Election: Suga

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that the current COVID-19 situation does not allow him to call a snap general election any time soon.

"Our first priority is the fight against the novel coronavirus. In this difficult time, we are not in a situation to dissolve" the House of Representatives for a snap election, Suga told reporters.

He is apparently exploring the possibility of dissolving the Lower House this month for a snap election, a plan facing opposition from within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The term of the all-important parliamentary chamber expires on Oct. 21.

Suga also said he is not considering postponing the Sept. 29 LDP leadership election. His term as party president expires on Sept. 30.

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