JAPAN: ‘ SHINZO ABE MAY DISSOLVE LOWER HOUSE FOR A SNAP ELECTION BEFORE END OF YEAR ‘
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – Nov.13 – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told senior officials of the ruling coalition that he may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before the end of the year, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
The move is being considered after postponing a proposed consumption tax hike in October 2015 for 18 months. The proposed date for the snap election is December 14, while December 21 could be the second option.
The general election will be the first since the December 2012 poll, in which the LDP returned to power with a landslide victory.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have opted for early election, a senior official within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party told the media, Jiji news agency reported.
“It looks like Shinzo Abe has finally made up his mind and it’s fair to consider that he decided to go to the people,” Tadamori Oshima asid, according to a former deputy chief of the party.
Sankei newspaper revealed reports on Wednesday that Abe was considering calling a general election for December and postponing tax increases.