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Suga again refers to possible snap election

  • May 20, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 2:00 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press) — Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reiterated Monday that a no-confidence motion against the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could prompt him to call a snap election.

The comments by Suga came after he said Friday that a no-confidence motion against the cabinet by opposition parties could give a cause for a snap election.

Asked at a parliamentary committee Monday about Friday’s remarks, Suga said, “The question was about whether a no-confidence motion against the cabinet could give a cause for dissolving the House of Representatives” for a snap election.

“So I said that would certainly be the case,” he said.

Suga added that the prime minister effectively has the right of dissolving the Lower House.

He also said that it is unlikely for the prime minister to dissolve the Lower House in an arbitrary manner.

At a press conference held later on Monday, Suga said that if the prime minster decides on a Lower House breakup, the all-important chamber will be dissolved for a snap election, adding it is an exclusive matter for the prime minister.

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